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  • Colourful, funny, joyful and compelling

  • There's little doubt that this young writer is going to be a star... In the course of this picaresque and haunting tale, Hudson achieves something rare and remarkable. While comparison will inevitably be made between her work and that of Irvine Welsh or Alan Warner, she is wholly individual

    Rosemary Goring, Herald Scotland
  • Kerry Hudson’s fine, eloquent debut novel traces the peripatetic childhood of Janie Ryan...her tale is full of warmth and bittersweet humour

    Financial Times
  • Real and heartfelt... Hudson avoids the usual sentimental clichés and gives us, without a shred of hipster cynicism, the hope and tough warmth for which she has such a sharp eye

    Jenn Ashworth, Guardian
  • A gritty, tough, sweet , sad, funny story of urban survival. Recommended

  • A sympathetic coming-of-age tale and a valuable counterpoint to widespread social attitudes to women in poverty

    Anthony Cummins, Metro
  • Concurrently very funny and incredibly sad. The writing sizzles, and the words jump off the page as Hudson describes a world of fags, booze, bingo and worse. We watch our heroine Janie Ryan struggle through it all with humour and a will to survive. I was cheering her on all the way, and I'm sure you will, too

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, Waterstone's, Bookseller
  • A laugh out loud read

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  • Told with such an honest and engaging voice that you can’t help but turn the page

  • This is a remarkable debut novel of love and loyalty, of fierce passion and scabrous wit, full of characters whose broad vernacular is direct and expressive. This is about a culture with just as much right to be called British as that of middle-class suburbia

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