Written by Jade LB Keisha The Sket went viral on the reading platform Piczo.

An iconic British Black literary classic Keisha the Sket was found on every young person’s phone and printed out in every school IT room. Now it’s been picked up by Stormzy’s Merky Books and will officially be published as a book.

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.

London-based Jade LB wrote Keisha The Sket at the age of 13, and is now a creative and academic writer. Her writing explores topics including black women and relationships, black British culture and the black British working-class experience.

Keisha The Sket will feature essays from esteemed contemporary writers Candice Carty-Williams, Caleb Femi, and others, this is the complete and defining edition with edits and additional content from the author, perfect for readers – existing and new – to read and fall in love with over and over again.


Keisha The Set is due to be released on October 14th 2021 and is available to pre-order at Waterstones and Penguin.