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Cane Warriors

By Alex Wheatle

A deeply compelling story of courage, brotherhood and hope, Cane Warriors follows the true-life slave rebellion known as Tacky's War in 18th century Jamaica through the eyes of one boy.

Nobody free till everybody free. Moa is fourteen. The only life he has ever known is working on the Frontier sugar cane plantation for endless hot days, fearing the vicious whips of the overseers. Then one night he learns of an uprising, led by the charismatic Tacky. Moa is to be a cane warrior, and fight for the freedom of all the enslaved people in the nearby plantations. But before they can escape, Moa and his friend Keverton must face their first great task: to kill their overseer, Misser Donaldson. Time is ticking, and the day of the uprising approaches... Irresistible, gripping and unforgettable, Cane Warriors follows the true story of Tacky’s War in Jamaica, 1760.

  • Masterfully told in irresistible first-person prose with richly melodic dialogue in Patois, Cane Warriors is a gripping, brutal and tragic new novella from an author at the height of his powers
  • Alex Wheatle was awarded an MBE for services to literature
  • Alex Wheatle won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for Crongton Knights, also shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. Liccle Bit was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal

About the author

Alex Wheatle is the author of several acclaimed novels, many of them inspired by experiences from his childhood. He was born in Brixton to Jamaican parents, and spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. Following a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981, he wrote poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixtonbard. Alex has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.

ISBN: 9781783449873
Imprint: Andersen Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 7, 2020
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 192pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $32.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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