From the prize-winning author of Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma
Winner of the Prix Femina Etranger
London, in the frayed heat of summer. Alena is shoplifting shoes when Dave catches her in the act and so begins an unlikely relationship between two people with little in common and everything to lose.
But the past is a dark place. And both of them have secrets they’ve no idea how to live with – or leave behind. Yet still they find themselves fighting with all they’ve got for a future together. But is love enough?
'Accomplished... Beautiful... Heart-wrenching' Independent on Sunday
Shortlisted for the Prix Femina Prize
"A fizzing, breathless love story from a terrifically talented storyteller"
"A tender, off-kilter love story… the novel paints a vivid picture of two very different kinds of misfit, falling in love over one dusty, teeming London summer"
"Hudson captures the bustle of life in Hackney and Russia with energy and a sharp eye for detail… [Her characters] have love, guts, humour and conscience. This is Love on the Dole 21st-century style"
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.