'More than just one of the best debuts of the year; one of the best books of the year. It should do for Aberdeen what Trainspotting did for Edinburgh' Herald
When Janie Ryan is born, she is destined to be the latest in a long line of Aberdeen fishwives.
Ahead of her lies a life filled with feckless men, filthy council flats and bread & marge sandwiches.
But Janie isn't like the rest of them. She wants a different life.
And Janie, born and bred for combat, is ready to fight for it.
'Colourful, funny, joyful and compelling' Observer
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
Kerry Hudson’s fine, eloquent debut novel traces the peripatetic childhood of Janie Ryan...her tale is full of warmth and bittersweet humour
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
A gritty, tough, sweet , sad, funny story of urban survival. Recommended
No matter who you are, 2020 hasn’t been easy; so this Christmas we’re seeking solace in books that bring us hope. From life-affirming memoirs to bold manifestos and moving meditations on nature, these stories are the perfect gift to remind a loved one (or yourself) that there are better days around the corner.
Lowborn author Kerry Hudson is proudly working class, but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was grinding and often dehumanising. She shares the vital role that libraries and books played in her life, and why we must do everything in our power to protect them.