Life of Caution by Nariman El Akkaoui

Life of Caution by Nariman El Akkaoui

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This book contains mature themes, strong violence,
and strong language. If you are below 15 years of age,
we recommend you do not continue reading.


Brownsville, a small town in Brooklyn, is slowly falling apart. Attacks by small gangs seeking money and power have destroyed many families' wealth, employment opportunities, and food availability. 

Thora tries to hide and not be noticed, but Clinton High School isn’t the kind of school where you can go unnoticed. Thora would rather be locked somewhere far away than go to school, but she doesn’t really have a choice, does she?

Instead of friends she finds danger. Instead of family she finds herself.


Over the course of 2022, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at Story Factory. Their goal was to produce a fully realised novella. This is one of the novellas produced in these workshops. 

Year of the Novella 2022 was made possible thanks to the support of a group of generous donors:

Bernadette Brennan & Justin Gleeson SC

Rosebrook Foundation

Caroline Beecham & John Lydon

Greg Dean & Richard Unsworth

Kim Anderson

Deena Shiff & James Gill

Year of the Novella would not have been possible without the unstinting support of the editorial and production teams at Penguin Random House, Midland Typesetters, and the generosity of printer Griffin Press.