Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

By Kerry Hudson
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Synopsis

When Janie Ryan is born, she is destined to be the latest in a long line of Aberdeen fishwives. Ahead of her lies a life filled with feckless men, filthy council flats and bread & marge sandwiches. But Janie isn't like the rest of them. She wants a different life. And Janie, born and bred for combat, is ready to fight for it.

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"Colourful, funny, joyful and compelling" * Observer * "There's little doubt that this young writer is going to be a star... In the course of this picaresque and haunting tale, Hudson achieves something rare and remarkable. While comparison will inevitably be made between her work and that of Irvine Welsh or Alan Warner, she is wholly individual" -- Rosemary Goring * Herald Scotland * "Kerry Hudson's fine, eloquent debut novel traces the peripatetic childhood of Janie Ryan...her tale is full of warmth and bittersweet humour" * Financial Times * "Real and heartfelt... Hudson avoids the usual sentimental cliches and gives us, without a shred of hipster cynicism, the hope and tough warmth for which she has such a sharp eye" -- Jenn Ashworth * Guardian * "A gritty, tough, sweet , sad, funny story of urban survival. Recommended" * Diva *

Author Biography

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award and was shortlisted for an array of prizes including the Guardian First Book Award and the Sky Arts Awards. Thirst, her second novel, won the prestigious Prix Femina Etranger. She is currently working on a non-fiction book, Lowborn, and a series of columns for the Pool, which will take her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today.