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March Book of the Month

Grow Where They Fall by Michael Donkor

A great novel set in Balham, Tooting and Clapham: our dream! Like us, you’ll root for Kwame as he unravels his identities growing up black and gay in the 1990s and then teaching in a local school today. Look out for name checks for Clapham Common and The Bedford…

Come and see our window display map of Balham featuring locations from the novel.

- Team Backstory

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