Reviews

  • "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
  • "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
  • "Beautifully written but with emotional hand grenades detonating on almost every page…a breathtaking odyssey"

    Stephen McGinty, Sunday Times
  • "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
  • "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"

    Laura Waddell, Scotsman