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"An urban 'Lord of The Flies' for our times." In post-millennial England, the next generation are falling through the gaps of a very broken society. In the wasteland of a English sink-estate, where the adults are lost to drink, drugs, poverty and destructive relationships, the next generation run feral, surviving day to day by any means possible. Starved of food, love and affection, the children face a bleak future following in the crime-riddled footsteps of their parents, and their parents’ parents before them.
However, when the middle-class dreamer, drop-out, and revolutionary teen, Albion makes camp in one of the derelict houses, an unlikely friendship is struck between him and Robbie, a boy born of the estate who desperately longs for things to be different. With dreams of establishing a modern-day Camelot, and refuge for those children let down by society, Albie and Robbie attempt to create a new and better world, but they soon discover the weight of a crown is a very heavy burden to bear, and the legacy of the last generation is a terrifying and consuming beast.
EDITORIAL REVIEW In this real-life 'dystopian' novel, Jill Turner uses her extensive experience gained as a Fleet Street journalist (at The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Guardian and Daily Mirror) to shine a light into the shadowy corners of a sector of English society far removed from the Great British ideal. With a great sensitivity, and passionate desire for social change and intervention, Jill explores a narrative often ignored in English literature, giving a voice to a generation and social-group whose voice is so often ignored. In a country that boasts some of the most educated and richest citizens in the world, tens of thousands of British children are facing the challenge of simply surviving, of growing themselves up with very little love, affection or nurture; facing little alternative but to either sell themselves or turn to a life of violent crime just in order to live. 'The Children of Albion' is a stark observation through the eyes of the children, and offers a fascinating and eye-opening read.
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