95 Pages of pure joy
Self Published by the authors
One of the poorest areas in one of the poorest boroughs.
So they say.
A place infested with gang culture and crime.
So they say.
In 2014, six residents from this estate came together to write literature.
In 2015, we finished our first book.
instead of going down the traditional route of publishing,
let’s put this book into the hands of those who would appreciate it most,
the residents of St.Raph’s.
On March 5th 2015
we put our book through every letterbox in St.Raphael’s Estate
just because we could.
This book is amazing and I dare say is one of the best books I have read all year.
Authors of the estate deliver a powerful and insightful look into the lives of those on the St Rapheal’s estate. For years, St Raphs has been at the centre of stigmatisation and stereotyping from society with many of its youths often facing judgment simply for where they have been brought up. However Authors Of The Estate breaks through such mould and through their lyrical flow of writing delivers an empowering and hard hitting message.
This inspiring book is written by five authors from St Raphs who often derive from their own experiences to demonstrate that any goal can be achieved through hard work and determination, which can be shown through their own personal stories and experiences.
Note: For those of you that don’t know St Raphs is a housing estate in my local borough of Brent, London.
I don’t even want to put this book into a box because I think it deserves a lot more than that… There aren’t many writers that could pull off writing a book that contained poetry, memoirs, open letters to even the *I can change your life* type quotes. Honestly there were times when I was reading this book that I felt like I was in the middle of a conversation with Oprah, but that is just one of the many things I love about this book. It is highly impactful and takes you on a somewhat eye-opening journey from start to finish.
The graphology of the book is beautifully simplistic and the cover of the book could be interpreted as a clever metaphorical tool, as the cover simply shows a man at the top of a hill looking rather proud of his accomplishment. But taking into consideration the context of the book, it could be argued that the image symbolises a state of “authority” in that the man is taking control of his fears and using it as a way to fuel his ambition and drive. He has taken control and become the ‘master’ of his destiny.
My one question to the authors is why confine such a powerful book to one estate? This book has the potential to inspire so many troubled youths up and down the country that I almost think it’s wrong that not many people outside of St Raphs have actually had the opportunity to find out more about it. If it was up to me I would hand out hundreds of copies to students in my school, because if there is one thing that I have learnt, whilst reading Authors of the Estate. It’s that everyone can prosper; there is no such thing as an environmental barrier.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone… from youths, to adults and even those too ignorant to see past the stereotypes *maybe this will open your eyes*