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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 The Lebs
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''Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up, I have something to say!'

'They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.'

'Bani Adam is a student at Punchbowl Boys High School, which seems like the arse end of the earth, and the students don't seem to care. The Lebs control the school, and Bani feels at odds - a romantic in a sea of hyper-masculinity.

'Bani must come to terms with his place in a world of hostility and hopelessness - while dreaming of having so much more.'  (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2018 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 272p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 27th February 2018

      ISBN: 9780733639012

Works about this Work

Male Identity and the Danger of Preconceived Notions : An Interview with Michael Mohammed Ahmad Samuel Elliott (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Verity La , May 2018;
Noted : The Lebs Emily Bitto , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 144 2018; (p. 64)

'The opening scenes from The Lebs could be mistaken for speculative fiction, in which ethnic minorities are forced into guarded enclaves, surrounded by high fences and barbed wire, and monitored by surveillance cameras. But Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s second novel is closer to social realism: it is set within the surreal banality of Punchbowl Boys High School in Sydney’s western suburbs and narrated by Bani Adam, a young Lebanese-Australian man struggling to find his place in the world.' (Introduction)

I’m with Stupid : The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmad James Ley , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , May 2018;

'In November 2016, Michael Mohammed Ahmad published an essay in the Sydney Review of Books titled ‘Lebs and Punchbowl Prison’. The ‘prison’ in question was his alma mater, Punchbowl Boys High School, and the essay was a reflection on his time as a student there in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the time, the school was not exactly regarded as a hub of academic excellence, a perception that Ahmad does nothing to dispel. His recollections are a litany of educational dysfunction and outrageous misbehaviour, ranging from adolescent hijinks to acts of violence.' (Introduction)

What Does a ‘Leb’ Look like? Sherene Idriss , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 20 March 2018;
Michael Mohammed Ahmad : The Lebs AF , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 3-9 March 2018;

'The education of the artist, especially if that artist is a young male, is the perennial grass of the literary field: a yearly recurrence, reassuring if often a little dull. Must we really hear again of the sensitive soul who finds himself in a homosocial world without sympathetic allies? Who longs for connection with women without having the first clue about doing so? Whose aesthete’s impulses place him at odds with family, religion or caste?' (Introduction)

'The Lebs' by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Jay Daniel Thompson , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 399 2018; (p. 34)

— Review of The Lebs Michael Mohammed Ahmad , 2018 single work novel

'Bani Adam wants to be a ‘chivalrous poet’ or a great writer. These aspirations make the Lebanese-Australian teenager feel like an outsider at the testosterone-fuelled, anti-intellectual high school that he attends. Until he finishes school, Bani bides his time with a group of mostly Muslim and Lebanese young men. ‘The Lebs’, as they refer to themselves, while away the hours discussing religion and politics, fantasising about or insulting teachers, and forging something like a friendship with one another.'  (Introduction)

Michael Mohammed Ahmad : The Lebs AF , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 3-9 March 2018;

'The education of the artist, especially if that artist is a young male, is the perennial grass of the literary field: a yearly recurrence, reassuring if often a little dull. Must we really hear again of the sensitive soul who finds himself in a homosocial world without sympathetic allies? Who longs for connection with women without having the first clue about doing so? Whose aesthete’s impulses place him at odds with family, religion or caste?' (Introduction)

What Does a ‘Leb’ Look like? Sherene Idriss , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 20 March 2018;
I’m with Stupid : The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmad James Ley , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , May 2018;

'In November 2016, Michael Mohammed Ahmad published an essay in the Sydney Review of Books titled ‘Lebs and Punchbowl Prison’. The ‘prison’ in question was his alma mater, Punchbowl Boys High School, and the essay was a reflection on his time as a student there in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the time, the school was not exactly regarded as a hub of academic excellence, a perception that Ahmad does nothing to dispel. His recollections are a litany of educational dysfunction and outrageous misbehaviour, ranging from adolescent hijinks to acts of violence.' (Introduction)

Noted : The Lebs Emily Bitto , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 144 2018; (p. 64)

'The opening scenes from The Lebs could be mistaken for speculative fiction, in which ethnic minorities are forced into guarded enclaves, surrounded by high fences and barbed wire, and monitored by surveillance cameras. But Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s second novel is closer to social realism: it is set within the surreal banality of Punchbowl Boys High School in Sydney’s western suburbs and narrated by Bani Adam, a young Lebanese-Australian man struggling to find his place in the world.' (Introduction)

Male Identity and the Danger of Preconceived Notions : An Interview with Michael Mohammed Ahmad Samuel Elliott (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Verity La , May 2018;
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