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Kerry Hudson - Author

About the Author

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour and plenty of material for her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, which 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 is her second novel. She currently lives, works and writes in London.

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Thirst

Thirst

Author: Kerry Hudson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

The beginning of a relationship is usually all about getting to know each other, sharing stories far into the night, comparing experiences, triumphs and heartaches, until we know one another inside out. Not so for Dave and Alena. He's from London, she's from Siberia. They meet in a sleek Bond Street department store in the frayed heat of high summer, where she's up to no good and it's his job to catch her. So begins an unlikely relationship between two people with pasts, with secrets, they've no idea how to live with - or leave behind. But despite everything they don't have in common, all the details they won't and can't reveal, they still find themselves fighting with all they've got for a future together. An unconventional, will-they-won't-they love story, that takes us from London to Siberia, and from hope to heartbreak, and back again.

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Thirst

Thirst

Author: Kerry Hudson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

The beginning of a relationship is usually all about getting to know each other, sharing stories far into the night, comparing experiences, triumphs and heartaches, until we know one another inside out. Not so for Dave and Alena. He's from London, she's from Siberia. They meet in a sleek Bond Street department store in the frayed heat of high summer, where she's up to no good and it's his job to catch her. So begins an unlikely relationship between two people with pasts, with secrets, they've no idea how to live with - or leave behind. But despite everything they don't have in common, all the details they won't and can't reveal, they still find themselves fighting with all they've got for a future together. An unconventional, will-they-won't-they love story, that takes us from London to Siberia, and from hope to heartbreak, and back again. Thirst is the heart-wrenching, life-affirming second novel from Kerry Hudson, whose debut Tony Hogan Brought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma was one of the most talked about UK debuts of 2012 and was shortlisted for an array of prizes, including the Guardian First Novel Award and the Sky Arts Awards. Praise for Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before he Stole My Ma: More than just one of the best debuts of the year; one of the best books of the year. It should do for Aberdeen what Trainspotting did for Edinburgh . (Louise Welsh, Herald). Colourful, funny, joyful and compelling . (Observer). There's little doubt that this young writer is going to be a star . (Rosemary Goring, Herald Scotland). A laugh out loud read . (In Style). 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). Kerry Hudson's fine, eloquent debut novel traces the peripatetic childhood of Janie Ryan ...her tale is full of warmth and bittersweet humour . (David Evans, Financial Times).

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Other books by Kerry Hudson

Lowborn Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns

Lowborn Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns

Author: Kerry Hudson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2019

A powerful, personal agenda-changing exploration of poverty in today's Britain. 'One of the most important books of the year' Guardian 'When every day of your life you have been told you have nothing of value to offer, that you are worth nothing to society, can you ever escape that sense of being 'lowborn' no matter how far you've come?' Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. She scores eight out of ten on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma. Twenty years later, Kerry's life is unrecognisable. She's a prizewinning novelist who has travelled the world. She has a secure home, a loving partner and access to art, music, film and books. But she often finds herself looking over her shoulder, caught somehow between two worlds. Lowborn is Kerry's exploration of where she came from. She revisits the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has changed. 'Kerry Hudson blew me away, opened my eyes...' Philippa Perry, bestselling author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read 'Compelling, fascinating and well-written, undeniably grim but peppered with humour and tenderness' Kit de Waal

Thirst

Thirst

Author: Kerry Hudson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

The beginning of a relationship is usually all about getting to know each other, sharing stories far into the night, comparing experiences, triumphs and heartaches, until we know one another inside out. Not so for Dave and Alena. He's from London, she's from Siberia. They meet in a sleek Bond Street department store in the frayed heat of high summer, where she's up to no good and it's his job to catch her. So begins an unlikely relationship between two people with pasts, with secrets, they've no idea how to live with - or leave behind. But despite everything they don't have in common, all the details they won't and can't reveal, they still find themselves fighting with all they've got for a future together. An unconventional, will-they-won't-they love story, that takes us from London to Siberia, and from hope to heartbreak, and back again.

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

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

Author: Kerry Hudson Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2014

A witty and lively novel set somewhere between the worlds of Roddy Doyle and Irvine Welsh. William Dalyrymple, The GuardianReminiscent of early Roddy Doyle, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma begins with our singular heroines less than idyllic birth and quickly moves to a spectacular fight that lands Janie and her mother in a local womens shelter. From there its on to a dodgy council flat and a succession of unsuitable men, including the hard-drinking, drug-dealing, ice-cream-buying Tony Hogan. Kerry Hudsons arrestingly original debut will enthrall readers with Janies tragicomic and moving story about coming of age in a non-traditional family amid the absurdities of the 1980s and Thatcherite Britain.

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

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

Author: Kerry Hudson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Winner of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award 2013, Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Sky Arts Awards, the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year, the Portsmouth First Fiction Award, the Green Carnation Prize and the Polari Prize 'More than just one of the best debuts of the year; one of the best books of the year. It should do for Aberdeen what Trainspotting did for Edinburgh' Louise Welsh, Herald 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.

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

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

Author: Kerry Hudson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year and the Green Carnation Prize. When Janie Ryan is born, she's just the latest in a long line of Ryan women, Aberdeen fishwives to the marrow, always ready to fight. Her violet-eyed Grandma had predicted she'd be sly, while blowing Benson and Hedges smoke rings over her Ma's swollen belly. In the hospital, her family approached her suspiciously, so close she could smell whether they'd had booze or food for breakfast. It was mostly booze. Tony Hogan tells the story of a Scottish childhood of filthy council flats and B&Bs, screeching women, feckless men, fags and booze and drugs, the dole queue and bread and marge sandwiches. It is also the story of an irresistible, irrepressible heroine, a dysfunctional family you can't help but adore, the absurdities of the eighties and the fierce bonds that tie people together no matter what. Told in an arrestingly original -- and cry-out-loud funny -- voice, it launches itself headlong into the middle of one of life's great fights, between the pull of the past and the freedom of the future. And Janie Ryan, born and bred for combat, is ready to win.

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