Reviews

  • "Beautifully written but with emotional hand grenades detonating on almost every page, at times the shrapnel from Lowborn catches you unaware…a breathtaking odyssey"

    Stephen McGinty, Sunday Times
  • "Lowborn is in part an indictment of a country that claims to still have a functioning welfare stateMost of all, it is a moving portrait of the survival and eventual flourishing of a remarkable spirit"

    John Harris, Guardian
  • "Compelling, fascinating and well-written, undeniably grim but peppered with humour and tenderness, every chapter a testimony to someone’s goodness or fortitude, to the kindness of strangers… Hudson demonstrates that only by lifting whole communities out of poverty, by properly looking after looked-after children and funding a well-rounded welfare state, can we hope to avoid consigning children and young people like her – vulnerable and blameless – to the worst of lives"

    Kit de Waal, Daily Telegraph
  • "Elegant, compassionate and powerful… Challenging and compelling, Lowborntells the hidden story of what it means to be poor in Britain today"

    Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express
  • "Kerry Hudson invites us to really understand the complexities of being born working class in Britain. Buy it, read it, tell everyone about it"

    Jack Monroe
  • "Kerry Hudson blew me away, opened my eyes… She’s got such a great voice and can really tell a story"

    Philippa Perry, author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read, You're Booked
  • "I cannot imagine a more important or beautifully written book in 2019"

    Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness
  • "One of the most important books of the year"

    Nikesh Shukla, Guardian
  • "Paints a near-dystopian portrait of Brexit-age Britain… Lowborn is a powerful testimonial… Here’s hoping it gives others the courage to tell their version of this story, at high volume"

    Peter Murphy, Irish Times
  • "I’ve been in thrall to the words of Kerry Hudson since reading the very first sentence of her spectacularly good debut novel. I’m so glad she is writing Lowborn. It’s an important book that needs to exist and she is exactly the right person to write it. The hideous divisiveness that the horror that is Brexit has both revealed and fuelled, only makes this book more necessary"

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE