The Dying Game by Catherine Johnson

The Dying Game

Catherine Johnson

Seventeen-year-old Shehana thinks she has enough problems trying to balance the demands of her traditional Bangladeshi family with her East London upbringing, but when she meets dying prostitute Vlora, also 17, she cannot help becoming involved. You may find this book shelved in the 'teenage' section in your library or bookshop: don't be put off. It's a gripping read that tackles issues head on.

Extract

She thought how the last part of Vlora's life had been, lying open-mouthed and immobile in a filthy flat as close to death as you can be but still breathing. No one deserved that, Shenana remembered Imran saying that those girls chose to live that way, but Shenana was absolutely sure now that he was wrong.

Parallels
  • Emigre Journeys by Abdullah Hussein
  • Band of Gold - TV series
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Violence
Explicit sexual content