by Emily Thomas

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An achingly funny, touching story for anyone who has been thrown in at the deep end.

July 2018 Debut of the Month | An achingly funny, touching story for anyone who has been thrown in at the deep end. 



Mud Synopsis

It's 1979, and thirteen-year-old Lydia has no idea how she'll cope when her dad announces that the family has to sell up and move onto a Thames sailing barge in Essex. With his girlfriend. And her three kids. Between trying to keep her clothes dry in a leaky cabin, disastrous hair-dye attempts, awkward encounters with local boys, and coping with her suddenly enormous and troublesome family, Lydia fears she'll sink rather than swim . . .

At turns heartbreaking and uplifting, through Lydia's innocent and perceptive voice we find out that while the mud may stick, the tide can turn - and in unexpected and joyful ways.

Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison, Hilary McKay and Rae Earl.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781783446896
Publication date: 5th July 2018
Author: Emily Thomas
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction

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Emily Thomas Press Reviews

Smart and funny. It will tug at your heartstrings -- Dawn O'Porter

The cast is wild and wonderful and I had lots of love for Lydia: what a wistful, fierce narrator. She carries you along, half bemused, half admiring, through her tragi-comic world of teenage kicks. This book is unique. There is nothing quite like it. Mud, glorious Mud! -- Hilary McKay

Mud is a dark comedy of family implosion and Thomas's evocation of wry, romantic adolescence is impeccable. -- Rowan Pelling  i News

This brilliant gem of a book is an acutely observed story of the challenges of adolescence, grief and family life. A truly charming, funny and poignant novel for anyone who who has lost a mother, or been a sister. I devoured it. -- Clover Stroud

Mud is a gem of a book, funny and warm and completely heartbreaking -- Catherine Johnson

A smart, funny and often poignant debut  The Bookseller

I really enjoyed immersing myself in Mud. Emily Thomas brings us right into the heart of this family. Wonderful. -- Ingrid Selberg, co-author of Girls Can Vlog

What a bitter-sweet, funny, irresistibly beguiling book this is. Emily Thomas's delightfully astringent heroine, Lydia, tells her story in a voice that perfectly mixes teen hurt and outrage with gleams of real tenderness and insight. Heart-wrenching and uplifting, this book deserves to become a classic -- Annie Dalton, author of Angel Academy series

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About Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas was born in London, and has lived there most of her life - except between the ages of 13 and 18 when she lived in Maldon in Essex on board a Thames Sailing Barge, with her family of seven assorted siblings and stepsiblings and two warring cats. Emily also works as an editor of many different kinds of books, including children's and young adult fiction. She now lives in Brixton, with no pets and a lot of books.

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