Reviews

  • "Elegant, compassionate and powerful… tells the hidden story of what it means to be poor in Britain today"

    Sunday Express
  • "Compelling, fascinating and well-written, undeniably grim but peppered with humour and tenderness...Hudson demonstrates that only by lifting whole communities out of poverty...can we hope to avoid consigning children and young people like her – vulnerable and blameless – to the worst of lives"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Lowborn is an insider’s view of the complexities of modern-day poverty, written with humour and compassion, but without judgement. It should be required reading for anyone who unknowingly believes poverty is a personal choice and that if you work hard enough you’ll avoid its fate… a fearless writer, an inspiring woman"

    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"

    Guardian
  • "Where there are few working-class stories, there are fewer still from working-class women. Lowborn stands out as rare, as well as compassionately and skilfully told… Some books help us understand the world around us. Others do that, and make us feel less alone in it, too. Lowborn is one such book, holding out a hand of friendship to anyone who might pick it up and find something forgotten or familiar among its pages"

    Scotsman