How does upbringing, social inequality and privilege define young people’s futures? Can social housing provide a sense of community unlike any other? And what happens if you are born into a community which chooses to live separately to the rest of society?
The authors seek to find answers to these questions and more as they discuss the themes of their YA novels.
Nikesh Shukla is editor of British Book Award-shortlisted anthology The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays by British writers of colour about race and immigration in the UK. He discusses his new YA novel Run, Riot, which tells the thrilling story of what two teenage residents of a tower block do when it is threatened with being turned into glossy apartments.
He is joined by M. A. Bennett, whose book S.T.A.G.S was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018. The book follows Greer, a scholarship student at a prestigious private school who discovers something rotten at the core of the privilege she encounters. Bennett’s new novel The Island has been described as ‘Treasure Island meets Lord of the Flies for The Hunger Games generation’.
Will Hill, winner of the YA Book Prize 2018, speaks about his book After The Fire, inspired by a real-life American cult. The book’s narrator, Moonbeam, is starting to see the lies behind the words of cult leader Father John.