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0120110307

This is the first novel by Stephen Kelman which tells the story of 11 year-old Harrison Opoku, who has moved from Ghana to live with his mother and older sister on a tough North London housing estate.

Shortly after he arrives he sees a boy he knows slightly, lying stabbed on the street and he realises he needs to learn the tricks of inner city survival fast.

And as he tries to come to terms with his new surroundings he befriends a pigeon who visits the balcony of his ninth floor flat.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

11-year-old Harri has moved from Ghana to live on a tough London estate.

0220110308

Written by Stephen Kelman.

11 year-old Harrison Opoku has moved from Ghana to live with his mother and older sister on a tough North London housing estate.

Haunted by sight of a boy he knows lying stabbed in the street he realises he needs to learn the tricks of inner city survival fast.

Equally fascinated by the number of scary dogs, the power of the Dell Farm Crew and the pigeon who visits the balcony of his flat, Harri begins to try and make sense of his new surroundings.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Newly arrived from Ghana, Harri is confronted with life on a tough estate.

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Newly arrived in London from Ghana, 11 year-old Harrison Opoku is haunted by the sight of a boy he knows lying stabbed in the street.

Aware that no one on the estate will speak to the police, he has asked his friend Dean to turn detective with him and they are trying to solve the murder case.

Meanwhile, the Dell Farm Crew are keen to recruit him to run errands for them but first he has to pass an initiation test.

Written by Stephen Kelman.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Harri and his friend Dean turn detective to try to discover who killed the boy he knew.

0420110310

Newly arrived from Ghana, Harri is still trying to make sense of his new life in London.

Not only does he have to work out how best to take fingerprints in the hunt for a murderer, but there is the strange matter of his mother's relationship with Julius and the need to understand the different rules that apply to having a girlfriend.

Written by Stephen Kelman.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Harri takes time out from his detective work to be friends with Poppy.

0520110311

Today is carnival and Harri has a holiday from his troubles but it is short-lived.

He is worrying about his sister lying to him and the Dell Farm Crew have set him a new initiation test...

but when he realises what they want him to do he wants no part of it.

Written by Stephen Kelman.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Today is carnival, but after the celebrations Harri's worries return.

0620110314

Written by Stephen Kelman.

Horrified that it involved mugging a member of his church, Harri has run out his initiation test with the Dell Farm Crew and now they are sworn enemies.

And he is worried about his sister's friendship with Miquita, who is the girlfriend of one of the Crew.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Harri has run out on his initiation test with the Dell Farm Crew.

0720110315

Written by Stephen Kelman.

Harri is at war with the Dell Farm Crew but confident that he can outrun them when he is chased, he is intensifying his hunt for the killer.

And as he continues to gather evidence, he begins to make a list of suspects.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Harri has got on the wrong side of the Dell Farm Crew as his hunt for the killer goes on.

0820110316

Eager to fit in to his new life in London Harri is tempted to stone a bus but when his mother spots him he is overwhelmed with remorse and he remembers, nostalgically, how straightforward his life in Ghana seemed compared to the temptations with which he is now surrounded.

Written by Stephen Kelman.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Eager to fit in to his new life, Harri is tempted to stone a bus.

0920110317

Written by Stephen Kelman.

Harri finds a piece of crucial evidence in his hunt for the killer but the more he knows the more he puts himself in danger.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Harri finds a piece of crucial evidence in his hunt for the killer.

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Written by Stephen Kelman.

Harri has worked out the identity of the killer but knowledge is dangerous and the Dell Farm Crew are in no mood to let him pass on his vital information.

Read by Jojo Baidoo.

Other voices are provided by Adjoa Andoh, Madeline Appiah, Amelia Donkor, Daniel Green, David Holt, Osy Ikhile and Robert Sparks.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Harri has cracked the case but who knows that he knows?