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  • Nicola Monaghan has produced an utterly compelling and depressing narrative of life on a council estate in one of Nottingham’s worst boroughs… [A]n inspiring debut.

    James Walker, Left Lion
  • Kerrie Ann's strident voice sounds authentic; her plight compelling and affecting

    Independent on Sunday
  • Monaghan's novel is direct and deceptively simple. In spite of the suffering there are surprising touches of humour and tenderness that bloom like flowers on asphalt

    Frank Egerton, The Times
  • A shocking glimpse of Nottingham gangland

    Christina Patterson, Independent
  • A powerful, loving and honest new voice

    A.L. Kennedy

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