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Part of Pip Granger’s early childhood was spent in the back seat of a light aircraft as her father smuggled brandy, tobacco and books across the English Channel to be sold in 1950s Soho, where she lived above the Two Is Café in Old Compton Street. She travelled in Europe and Asia in the 1960s and ‘70s, and worked as a Special Needs teacher in Hackney in the 1980s, before quitting teaching to pursue her long cherished ambition to write. She now lives in the West Country with her husband and pets.
Pip Granger’s novels, Not All Tarts Are Apple, which won the Harry Bowling Prize for fiction, The Widow Ginger, and Trouble in Paradise are all available as Corgi paperbacks.
Pip Granger sets her charming sagas in Soho in the fifties and what I really like about them is the way she uses and develops the same characters in this close-knit community all the way through. A sort of nice long soap opera with new folk coming in and out. This is her fourth and she introduces a 16-year old part-Chinese girl, the daughter of Bandyâ€™s estranged sister. Bandy runs the nightclub, Lizzy, our central character, lives above it , her new man is TC, Rosieâ€™s Dad. Rosie featured heavily in the first, Not All Tarts are Apples. You get it? Itâ€™s a bit like Mary Jane Staplesâ€™ wonderful Adams family sagas. They are great and being Soho in the 50s there is lots of colour and danger.Comparison: Mary Jane Staples, Harry Bowling, Lilian Harry.Similar this month: Joan Jonker, Margaret Dickinson.
The only daughter of alcoholic parents, novelist Pip Granger spent much of her childhood outside looking in. No strangers to the demon booze, her parents were deeply involved in a passionate relationship that rose to exciting highs and plunged to terrible and often frightening lows. Drink explained the series of crises, the furious rows and life-threatening accidents Pip had to contend with, and it also explained why her home life was so very different from that of most other people she knew. Just after her first birthday her family was evicted from their cottage in Sussex for non-payment of rent - a pattern that was to recur throughout her childhood. Home became a place best avoided, and soon Pip was spending time with her ne'er-do-well father in cafes, snooker-halls and other low dives in London's Soho where she made a series of lasting friendships with the unlikeliest of people. Brave, funny, original and totally authentic, Alone is a heartbreaking book about alcohol abuse, parental neglect, and the courage of a little girl to find her own way through a trouble-filled world.
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