When Maggie is 13 she goes to live with her grandfather, Pop, in Sutton Coldfield. Pop knows everything - he's quiz champion of the Plough and Harrow and his ambition is to appear on Sale of the Century. Maggie knows about the great comedians - Max Wall, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Eric and Ernie - about country music, and about how her mother died.
Pop sings with the poetry of the suburbs and aches with the poignancy of adolescence. Kitty Aldridge has a wonderfully distinctive voice and a deliciously sharp eye for the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.
Kitty Aldridge was born in the Middle East but grew up in England. A graduate of the Drama Centre, London, she has since worked in theatre, film, and television as an actress and writer.
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"An authentic, gentle, and genuinely funny account of ordinary life,..this novel is at once life-affirming and important." (Independent on Sunday)
"Impressively original, both intense and distanced, and sometimes very funny. Her prose is full of gorgeous description..." (The Sunday Telegraph Magazine)
"Kitty Aldridge is a real discovery, a writer of precision, delicacy and wit, and her first novel is a rare delight." (Salaman Rushdie)
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