Who They Was - Reading Guide
Background and discussion points for Gabriel Krauze’s confrontational and relentlessly intense debut novel
An urgent and electrifying work of autofiction from Gabriel Krauze, the first-hand account of a young man who has lived a life of violent crime.
Gabriel came of age among the high rises and back streets of South Kilburn. He was not an observer on the periphery of violence. He was - personally - heavily involved in gangs, drugs, guns, stabbing and robbery - all while completing an English degree at Queen Mary College, London. Who They Was comes directly from that experience and, as such, is confrontational, exhilarating, morally complex and utterly unique.