Jade LB

Keisha The Sket
  • Keisha The Sket


    'Keisha the Sket is truly a crucial part of not just Black Brit literature, but British literature as a whole.' Bolu Babalola, bestselling author of Love In Colour

    'Our literary foremother.' Candice Carty-Williams, best-selling author of Queenie

    'Keisha the Sket accidentally decolonised literature.' Black Ballad

    'Reading Keisha the Sket as an adult makes me swoon at the richness of its nostalgia.' Caleb Femi

    'British answer to Gossip Girl.' Dazed

    'Keisha the Sket has united a nation and rebirthed a generation of readers who were gripped by the tale of a 'top sket'. The Face

    Where were you when Keisha the Sket first broke the internet?

    Keisha is a girl from the ends, sharp, feisty and ambitious; she's been labelled 'top sket' but she's making it work. When childhood crush and long-time admirer, Ricardo, finally wins her over, Keisha has it all: power, a love life and the chance for stability. But trauma comes knocking and with it a whirlwind of choices that will define what kind of a woman she truly wants to be.

    Told with the heart and soul of the inner city, with an unforgettable heroine, KEISHA THE SKET is a revelation of the true, raw, arousing and tender core of British youth culture.
    In print for the first time, KEISHA THE SKET has lived in the phones and websites of fans for decades. This timeless coming-of-age story is not just a word of mouth sensation but also a British classic in the making.

    Complete with essays from esteemed contemporary writers Candice Carty-Williams, Caleb Femi, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Enny, this is the complete and definitive edition with additional content from the author, perfect for readers - existing and new - to read and fall in love with over and over again.

In 2005, the author known only as 'Jade' began releasing chapters of Keisha The [Da] Sket on Piczo. The work became a viral sensation, capturing black British culture and youth-authored youth experience. Jade LB is a London-based creative and academic writer whose writing explores black women and relationships, black British culture and the black British working-class experience. One half of The Echo Chamber podcast, she has written articles and essays for Black Ballad and other publications and currently takes up space in academia. Here, she returns to Keisha The Sket, revisiting and amplifying a character she created when she was just thirteen.

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