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‘It’s About Love’: how Steven Camden’s latest YA novel is a love letter to his home, Birmingham

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If you’ve read ‘It’s About Love’ you’ll realise how honest and real it feels. You believe Camden’s Birmingham. You can see it and experience it as though you had visited a thousand times before. This is largely due to Camden’s wonderful writing, but also because he set his novel in a place he calls home.

In an article for The Guardian, he writes, I can’t separate place from people.

In Birmingham, certain street corners and trees and bus stops and doorsteps and attics are all tagged with faces that populate the moments that made me – first kisses, epic fights, bad choices, romantic risks.”

Camden’s story is rich with familiarity and a keen sense of detail. It is one thing to describe a town, but it is another to know it – to be able to pinpoint the places of significance, to home in on the details which make them, and to make the setting feel effortless.

“A certain table in a certain cafe. The specific texture of the specific canopy of a specific tree in the woods. The texture of a particular bus stop metal. All these things are drawn from definite experiences of the places I grew up in, which hopefully gives the story a genuine feeling of richness and layers without feeling manufactured.”

We think you’ve succeeded, Steven.

Read the full article here.

 

 

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