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AUTHOR OF THE WEEK: KESTER GRANT

Kester Grant, a pal of Tomi ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ Adeyemi, is a British-Mauritian writer of color, and debut author of A Court of Miracles(Fall 2018, Knopf, Random House), a Young Adult fantasy reimagining of the Jungle Book and Les Miserables, and the first of a trilogy.

She was born in London, grew up between the UK, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the tropical island paradise of Mauritius.

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Kester has been reading since she was 11 months old. She once won a prize for reading every book in the school library. Despite being forced to study some rather dubious texts in school, Kester retains a love for classic literature.
Kester speaks French and is a foodie, an animal lover, a coeliac, and a dyslexic.

She can generally be found throwing story problems at her delightfully supportive husband., or pacing around dining room tables talking to herself whenever her mother is not around.

Source: https://www.kestergrant.com/bio/

Adrian Denton’s Recommended Books: ‘Unseen: My Journey’ by Reggie Yates

From Grange Hill to Top of the Pops, Reggie Yates has been on camera nearly all of his life, but it’s as a documentary filmmaker – and a pretty fearless one at that – where he has truly been making his mark, investigating everything from gun crime in Chicago, to life as a refugee in Iraq.

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In his first book, Unseen, Reggie takes us behind the scenes on his journey from TV host to documentary storyteller. Using some of the key moments and extreme circumstances he has found himself in, Reggie examines what he has learned about the world, and himself as a person.

Beginning as a brief exploration of Reggie’s relationship with the camera and life growing up on screen, Unseen explores the journey Reggie has taken in the documentary world. Initially resistant to documentary making, Reggie was convinced his point of view as a young black working class man with a history in music, children’s TV and entertainment would not make his films remotely credible. Through conflict and challenges on screen, the understanding gained from the very thing once seen as a weakness would become his strength on camera, as the eye of the everyman and voice of the audience. Unseen unpicks the stories behind the fascinating characters and situations Reggie encounters across a series of films, as well as chronicling the personal growth through each testing shoot for Yates himself.

Check out this Halfcast podcast which features Reggie discussing the documentaries that inspired his book –

Article sourced at: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1114510/unseen/#jW4DpT3BGQsOTZwg.99