About this book
Paperback edition of Sergeant's exploration of the world of teenage gangs. She befriended a gang when researching a report on why so many black Caribbean and white working class boys are failing. Gangs are responsible for the majority of inner city crimes, and they were prominently involved in the August 2011 riots. Controversial and hard-hitting, this is a report of teenagers who have been abandoned by the state, their parents and society.
In 2008 the author - report-writer, "Daily Mail" journalist - befriended a teenage gang in south London while doing research. What began as a conversation outside a chicken take-away shop became a three-year attempt to change their lives, taking her from job centres and the care system to prison and failing schools. This title tells her story.
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