Jonah had been looking forward to going back to London since the moment he was forced to leave. After being away for so long, Jonah wasn't expecting the sinister and brutal changes in his friends' personalities and behaviour. It wasn't that long ago, that they were up to wayward antics typical of boys their age. Gone were the times of hanging around the fried chicken shop and loitering in the park where they got drunk on cheap booze. Shootings, rape, stabbings, robbery and drug-induced violence were now their games of choice. What should have been the best week of the summer quickly turns into a nightmare for Jonah, as he is sickened by the depravity he witnesses. His friends show no mercy for the weak, and before long Jonah is himself hunted down. Confused, betrayed and terrified, he scrambles across the once familiar streets as he desperately tries to survive and escape the viciousness of an unforgiving city. This is a shockingly disturbing tale of peer pressure and the seductions of evil among a gang of inner-city youths.
Samuel Bonner was born in 1986 and was raised on a council housing estate in north London. He graduated from the London Metropolitan University in 2008 with a degree in Film Studies and Creative writing. Playground is his debut novel.