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Iced by Ray Shell

Iced by Ray Shell

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Cornelius Washington is brimming with ambition and talent before his life is torn apart by a crack addiction. Taking the form of a diary and written in an arresting stream-of-consciousness style, Iced ponders the gritty realities of Cornelius's present and past upheavals that have led him here. Iced paints a portrait of being Black in America and the ways marginalised communities suffer the consequences of shortsighted political policies.

First published in 1993, in the wake of the crack epidemic, Iced mixes the syncopated language of the streets with poetry from the heart to take the reader deep into the horrifying world of addiction. 

Mixes the syncopated language of the streets with poetry from the heart to take the
 reader deep into the horrifying world of addiction. 

"Iced is a powerhouse. . . . Ray Shell writes beautifully. The story is heartbreaking. I kept putting it down and picking it up again--it won't let me go.

A searing work of modern fiction tracing a man's decline into the depths of addiction – reissued for its 30th anniversary 

This book is a powerhouse . . . the man writes beautifully . . . the story is
I love this book. It’s everything a novel about this experience should be  
Extraordinary – a modern American tragedy, sharply told.  Brilliant 
A brilliantly written book about somebody’s battle with addiction, and it was really 
useful for me into the sort of mindset of somebody that doesn’t want to be taking drugs but can’t stop EWAN MCGREGOR 


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