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Urban Voices

A collection of texts that explores the excitement, tensions and injustices of urban life. A variety of texts - including extracts from novels, newspaper articles, poems and short stories - make up each of the five themed sections: Five cities; This landscape, these people, Penthouse and pavement; Gangs, groups, friends, foes and Hear me speak. The collection include texts by Bill Bryson, Jeanette Winterson, Beverley Naidoo, Jon McGregor and Robert Harris.
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1. Five cities: Tokyo, Graham Marks; India: A Million Mutinies Now, V. S. Naipaul; Pompeii, Robert Harris; The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson; London, William Blake; Composed upon Westminster Bridge, William Wordsworth; Activities; 2. Spilled Water, Sally Grindley; No Turning Back, Beverley Naidoo; The Ruined Maid, Thomas Hardy; Estates, Lynsey Hanley; A Home from Home, George Alagiah; This Landscape, These People, Zulfikhar Ghose; Entering the City, Tony Connor; A Journey Back to My Hostage Hell, Brian Keenan; Activites; 3. The Railway Children, ActionAid; Sao Paolo - City of the Future, Rory Carroll; The Missing, Andrew O'Hagan; The Lost Sewer Children, Lutaa Badamkhand; Little Dorritt, Charles Dickens; Embankment at Night, Before the War, D.H. Lawrence; If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor; Activities; 4. Gangs, groups, friends and foes: Tanglewreck, Jeanette Winterson; Piper, Meg Harper; The Well-dressed Girl Gangs of Paris, Adam Sage; The Whisper, Bali Rai; The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton; Box, Mark Powell; The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini; Activities; 5. Hear me speak: Harassment, Frederick Williams; Little Soldier, Bernard Ashley; Ex-gang Member Opens LA Airwaves to Street Voices, Andrew Glazer; Why Paris is Burning, Amir Taheri; Stuart: A Life Backwards, Alexander Masters; The Centre of the Universe, Paul Durcan; Activities; Notes on authors; Acknowledgements.

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