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Tiger Milk

by Stefanie de Velasco

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LoveReading View on Tiger Milk

A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in its native Germany.  We follow two fourteen year old girls longing to lose their virginity but frightened of sex.  One is from a tragic Iraq childhood, the other the child of an alcoholic mother.  Hidden from view they witness an honour killer resulting in colossal conflict.  The guilt, betrayal, emotional agony and unexpected conclusion make for a gritty, gripping, excellent read.  In an interesting stylistic choice the author has gone for almost no punctuation and has written a first-person, present tense narrative.  This makes it a little hard to follow at first but does give the story an incredibly raw feel, creating a unique, powerful voice.  It is not an easy read but a very rewarding one.

Sarah Broadhurst

Tiger Milk Synopsis

We need to practise for later on, for real life. We need to know everything so nobody can ever mess with us.' Nini and Jameelah are best friends forever. This summer they're going to grow up. Together. On their terms. But things don't always turn out the way you plan...Tender, funny, shocking and tragic, TIGER MILK captures what it is to be young.

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Tiger Milk Reader Reviews

In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Catherine Jenkins - 'This is a book to be downed all in one go - knocked back like a shot of the "tiger milk" cocktail of the title, perhaps! really is unputdownable.' Read full review >
  • Linda Benner - 'I got involved with Tiger Milk. The atmosphere is palpable. On reading this book I felt as though I was picked up on a whirlwind and thrown into the lives of the characters.' Read full review >
  • Rachael Evason - 'Tiger Milk is a gripping, funny and emotional story about young teenagers in Berlin.' Read full review >
  • Julie Bertschin - 'This brutal observation of teenage life, set in the melting pot of immigrant communities in Berlin could be described as a modern day Romeo and Juliet; a stark portrayal of love, angst and murder.' Read full review >
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'It is an interesting book to read and the relationship between the two main characters is touching...An exciting debut novel by Stefanie de Velasco who captures the rawness of life in Berlin.' Read full review >
  • Ann - 'This is a story of love and rebellion and is about a generation I do not understand but this book has drawn me closer to their troubles and anxieties.' Read full review >
  • Susan Walsh - 'A tale of two 14 year olds growing up in Berlin, their friends & families...A multi-cultural insight into friendships made & lost.'  Read full review >
  • Helen Lowry - 'The writing is quick and the pace moves on with the short, punchy sentences. Never a dull moment! The characters and imagery are believable and make the book an interesting read.' Read full review >
  • Catherine Price - 'Stefanie De Velasco’s style is fast-paced and gritty, with two central characters placed within an all-too-believable situation of cash-strapped dysfunctional families where fathers disappear overnight and deportation is a daily reality.' Read full review >
  • Alison Greenacre - 'An urban tale of two young girls growing up in Berlin.  It takes quite a dark path... and a word of warning there are no speech marks!' Read full review >

Tiger Milk Press Reviews

'Nails the tone of an untethered, feral generation'
Die Welt

'A major debut full of strength, pain and love

'A novel of rebellion, love, death, and an extraordinary friendship

'Fast, tough and wise'

'The prose is breathless ... revealing young ideas about the world and urgently pushing the story forward'

'Tiger Milk never stands still ... Tim Mohr's translation from the original German also captures this restless energy, the busy speech and constant action. De Velasco captures the sense of adolescence as a time of change and discovery We Love This Book.


'Follows two teenage friends on the destructive paths into adulthood. Hilarious and tender' Elle


'A beautifully written debut novel' Closer

'A novel of breathless urgency, which is also nostalgic for an innocence that is so readily cast aside' Financial Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781857458
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781857441
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781857458
Publication date: 9th April 2015
Author: Stefanie de Velasco
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Stefanie de Velasco

Stefanie de Velasco lives and works in Berlin. In 2011, she received the Literature Prize Prenzlauer Berg for the first chapters of Tiger Milk. This is her first novel.   Author photo © Joachim Gern   Below is a Q&A with this author.   Top 3 favourite books and did you draw any inspiration from these authors in writing your book? Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Ham on Rye by Bukowski   Yes I actually did. When I was a kid I was always jealous of all the boys in the novels, having so many adventures and ...

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