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The Boxer

Nikesh Shukla

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Hodder Children's Books


Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny. A seventeen year old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he's just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack. He finds the community he's been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world. But racial tensions are rising in the city, and when a Far Right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend Keir to radicalisation.

A gripping, life-affirming YA novel about friendship, radicalisation and finding where you belong.

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This brilliant, very contemporary story of fear, hope, racism, strength, boxing and learning to be yourself. Nikesh Shukla writes with tough fist and a tender heart. The kind of book that will keep any young adult reading.

Matt Haig

Nikesh Shukla's voice is unique, honest and much needed.

Riz Ahmed

Nikesh Shukla writes nuanced books with realistic characters, and always provides heartstopping moments.

Sarah Shaffi