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

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Gritty and joyful, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma follows the wayfaring childhood of Janie Ryan – an Aberdeenshire girl who refuses the life laid out for her by circumstances.

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.

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

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099554622
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


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'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.' - The 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.' - The Guardian

A gritty, tough, sweet , sad, funny story of urban survival. Recommended.' - Diva

A sympathetic coming-of-age tale and a valuable counterpoint to widespread social attitudes to women in poverty.' - Anthony Cummins, Metro

Concurrently very funny and incredibly sad. The writing sizzles, and the words jump off the page as Hudson describes a world of fags, booze, bingo and worse. We watch our heroine Janie Ryan struggle through it all with humour and a will to survive. I was cheering her on all the way, and I'm sure you will, too.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink

A laugh out loud read.' - In Style

Told with such an honest and engaging voice that you can't help but turn the page.' - ReadBetweenTheLines

This is a remarkable debut novel of love and loyalty, of fierce passion and scabrous wit, full of characters whose broad vernacular is direct and expressive. This is about a culture with just as much right to be called British as that of middle-class suburbia.' - Foyles.co.uk

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“This is the childhood i am so glad i didn't have!”

A lovely well written story of Janie Ryan growing up on a series of very rough council estates, of how her single mother managed to stumble out of one disaster into another, and of the hopeless men she fell for along... More

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“An eye opener... If perhaps a little predictable”

For what has the potential to be one of the most depressing books I have ever picked up, Kerry Hudson has actually given us a vivid, and sometimes witty, insight into a life that many people may not have experienced.... More

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“Kept reading...”

Janie Ryan is born to a long line of Aberdeen fish wives and into a childhood of living in hostels, B&Bs and council estates. This book follows the trials and tribulations of growing up with a mother who, whilst... More

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