Ghost Town

Ghost Town Coventry city of Two Tone and Ska is riven with battles between skinheads and young Asians Photographer Baz too Paki to be white too gora to be desi is capturing the conflict on film Unemploye

  • Title: Ghost Town
  • Author: Catriona Troth
  • ISBN: 9780957618046
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1981 Coventry, city of Two Tone and Ska, is riven with battles between skinheads and young Asians.Photographer Baz too Paki to be white, too gora to be desi is capturing the conflict on film.Unemployed graduate Maia serial champion of liberal causes is pregnant with a mixed race child.Neither can afford to let the racists win They must take a stand.A stand that will co1981 Coventry, city of Two Tone and Ska, is riven with battles between skinheads and young Asians.Photographer Baz too Paki to be white, too gora to be desi is capturing the conflict on film.Unemployed graduate Maia serial champion of liberal causes is pregnant with a mixed race child.Neither can afford to let the racists win They must take a stand.A stand that will cost lives.

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    2 thoughts on “Ghost Town

    1. Catriona was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada before coming back to the UK She has now lived in the Chilterns longer than she has ever lived in anywhere, a fact that still comes as a surprise.After than twenty years spent writing technical reports at work and fiction on the commuter train, Catriona made the shift into freelance writing She now writes a regular column for Words with Jam literary magazine, researches and writes articles for Quakers in the World and tweets as L1bCat.Her writing explores themes of identity and childhood memory Her novella, Gift of the Raven, is set against a backcloth of Canada from the suburbs of Montreal to the forests of the Haida Gwaii.Her novel, Ghost Town, is set in Coventry in 1981, when the city of Two Tone and Ska was riven with battles between skinheads and young Asians.

    2. Ghost Town is a fascinating exploration of the Coventry riots of 1981 and the events leading to them. Catriona Troth handles her material with a subtle touch and doesn’t flinch from showing the tensions and conflicts within communities and families as well as those outside.As in all good fiction the heart of the story is an intimate account of the impact of these events on a small group of characters, particularly Maia and Baz. They meet when Maia comes to help out in the homeless shelter run [...]

    3. GHOST TOWN is a unique and brilliant book. Set against a backdrop of the Coventry race riots in the 1980s - a period of British history I (shamefully) didn't know much about - it was not just a compelling read for me, but also a learning experience.Artfully alternating between the first person voice of Maia, a naïve and conflicted young white 20-something, and the third person viewpoint of Bahjan (Baz: 'too paki to be white, too gora to be desi'), the story takes us straight to the heart of the [...]

    4. In 1981, Coventry is a city in turmoil. Constant battles between skinheads and young Asians blight the environment and racial unrest festers in the city like an open wound. At the start of the novel, unemployed university graduate, Maia, is struggling to adjust to a life without her best friend, Ossie who has returned to his uncertain future in South Africa. Drifting aimlessly, Maia has no real sense of purpose, but when she takes a temporary job at a homeless shelter, she comes into contact wit [...]

    5. I've never been to Coventry but I feel that I could find my way around simply by having read this book. The city comes alive almost as a character itself. Also the time - early 80s - is evoked so well it brought back vivid memories of songs, of movements, of clothes, of the political spectrum.Ms Troth has a terrific ear for voices and accents; her characters come fully formed off the page by the sheer virtuosity of her ventriliquism. She gives us an insight into a variety of different cultures a [...]

    6. Set against the back drop of 1980s Coventry, troth traces the travels of characters making sense of a Britain in turmoil. She pulls off delicately beautiful writing which contrasts with the often violent and aggressive setting. Stick on the specials, fry an egg, smoke a spliff , turn off the heating and sleep on the floor. One of my top ten in the last five years.

    7. I must admit that I was drawn to Ghost Town because of its 2-Tone reference. However, Catriona Troth has captured a slice of glossed-over British history that seems particulary relevant now, not only in the wake of the recent riots, but also with the rise of the far right. In 1981, I was a 14 years old and at the time of the Brixton Riots I shared a two-bedded hospital room with a 16-year-old boy who had been involved in them and had suffered a broken jaw. It seems highly inappropriate now, that [...]

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