Face – Benjamin Zephaniah


Benjamin Zephaniah was born and brought up in Birmingham. For as long as he can remember, he has been passionate about poetry. In 1991, he toured ever continent of the world, performing his work. As well as his writing, he is interested in music, and once produced a tribute song for Nelson Mandela whom he later met. interested in human- and animal-rights groups, as well as other political and racial issues, he is never short of inspiration.

Face is Benjamin Zephaniah’s first novel for young people. It has been very well received and was shortlisted for three book awards.

The book in one sentence: Martin is handsome, has a gorgeous girlfriend and is a good dancer, but one day all that changed when his face is disfigured as a result of a freak car accident…

Who would you recommend it to: People who think beauty is everything in life. Myself included, lol.

OK bits: I love the plot and concept of the story.

Boring bits: I don’t really fancy the narration.

Verdict: I bought the book because I love Zephaniah’s poetry. After reading this, I still prefer his poetry. Nevertheless, I like that he tackles important issues in his writing, be it poetry or fiction.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cole Medina
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 02:05:38

    Photographer Pogus Caesar launches new UK book. The foreword has been specially written by Benjamin Zephaniah

    ‘Sparkbrook Pride’ feature 70 images of the residents of Sparkbrook, an inner city area of Birmingham.

    What’s of interest, Caesar still uses an antique 1980′s Canon Sureshot film camera. Remarkable results.



  2. francis
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 19:36:59

    Many thanks for this, good article.


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