Reviews

  • "Smart and funny. It will tug at your heartstrings"

    Dawn O'Porter
  • "This delectable novel... Historically evocative and full of amusing thoughts, it scoots along with wind in its sails."

    Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week
  • "This original and tender comic novel is an apparent contradiction: a hugely funny story about grief, parental alcoholism and loneliness"

    Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
  • "Touching, warm, heart breaking and hilarious."

    Vivian French, BookTrust - Best Kids' Books of 2018
  • "...poignant yet funny novel"

    Mail on Sunday - Books of the Year 2018
  • "...funny and moving"

    The Telegraph - 50 Best Books of 2018
  • "...a very accomplished debut that, despite being set in 1979, will resonate powerfully with today's teenagers who struggle with adolescent insecurities and fractured families."

    Sally Morris, Daily Mail - Best Books for Christmas 2018
  • "Poignant tale of a teenage diarist and her flaky father.... Lydia's voice - a mixture of protest and reconciliation - is the book's genius."

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Mud is a dark comedy of family implosion and Thomas's evocation of wry, romantic adolescence is impeccable."

    Rowan Pelling, i News
  • "A searing and touching portrait of a family overwhelmed by grief under the shadows of alcoholism and emotional neglect. A remarkably assured debut, based on the author's own life."

    Sally Morris, Daily Mail