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Book reviews: Afropolitan concept, imaginary friends + more

ENJOY THIS week's selection of reads, from the desk of our Entertainment Editor Joel Campbell:

Losing Arthur, by Paul A. Mendelson

Paul A. Mendelson tells the story of Zack, quirky and imaginative, but bullied at school. He has only one true friend in the world: Arthur. The trouble is, only Zack can see him. One day his mum gets so fed-up that she ‘grabs’ Arthur, dumps her handful of nothingness into a box and posts it to Zack’s long-departed father at some made-up Scottish address. Zack, usually so timid, has to set off on a perilous journey to rescue his imaginary friend before he fades away. But there are rogue elements out there who have dangerous plans for the two of them.

Ten Poets of the New Generation, edited by Karen McCarthy Woolf

Ten Poets of the New Generation presents the work of 10 exciting British poets from diverse backgrounds. It is the third anthology from The Complete Works mentoring scheme, a national programme supporting exceptional black and Asian poets founded by the writer Bernardine Evaristo in 2007.

Afropolitan State of Mind, by Kuda D. Gutu

'Afropolitan' combines the word African and cosmopolitan to describe a contemporary generation of Africans. Imagine if you will, Africa as one country, one people, with one currency, one common language, one passport, one army, one airforce and no political parties. Now that’s a powerful image.

Cuz – The Life and Times of Michael A, by Danielle Allen

Aged 15 and living in LA, Michael Allen was arrested for a botched carjacking. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to 13 years behind bars. After growing up in prison, Michael was released aged 26, only to be murdered three years later.

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