"Seven Kings" is a vivid insight into the daily life of seven average teenagers over the course of a school year. What does their world look and feel like - and how will they shape our country in the future? How will the ambitious and fiercely intelligent Perin, who refuses to see his wheelchair as a barrier to success, fare as he prepares to meet the harsher world beyond the school gates? Has Anthony, narrowly reprieved from exclusion, changed sufficiently to win a university place? As a secular refugee from Islamic fundamentalism, will Ruhi find her feet in a class in which most pupils are committed Muslims, Christians or Hindus? This searing book goes to the heart of key debates about education, and reaches surprising conclusions - it is a timely antidote to newspaper headlines about recalcitrant teenagers. "Seven Kings" reveals today's young people, in all their energy and uncertainty.
Fran Abrams is an investigative journalist and author. She makes regular documentaries for BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme, and also writes for the Guardian and other newspapers. She has written three books. The first two, Below the Breadline, about life on the minimum wage, and Freedom's Cause, about the suffragettes, were published by Profile Books. The third, Seven Kings - a portrait of a group of teenagers at a school in east London - was by Atlantic Books. Fran, who is originally from Stockport, now lives in Suffolk.