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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year, and the Green Carnation Prize

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.

©2012 Kerry Hudson (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Beautiful story of struggle that is NOT a comedy.

Would you listen to Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma again? Why?

Not likely only because it's not a story that needs repeated listening, though I loved listening to the narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was told through the eyes and heart of a child.

Which character – as performed by Jane MacFarlane – was your favorite?

Janie

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Coming from a poor dysfunctional family I had no extreme reaction to this book. I felt strongly for the characters and their story and sometimes I felt like I was back home - in good ways and bad.

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Adored the title of this book! It still makes me smile when I think of it. But this book was not a comedy in the slightest bit which is what I thought the title suggested. It was an honest story about a girl struggling to grow and thrive with a mother struggling to be a mother. It was a good read. I was interested the whole way through and loved listening to the narrator's voice. I will be looking for more from this author.

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  • kisag_queen
  • 05-03-15

Depressing realistic.

Excellent character development and insight. Ultimately an exploration of a harsh, realistic upbringing.
Avoid if easily depressed.

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  • ian woodard
  • 04-09-19

wonderful

A beautifully writen and poignant portrait of, for want of a better word, underclass life in the U.K. I really love this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-21

Fantastic read !

I loved this book. What an insight to childhood poverty. Was gripped the whole way through.

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  • T. Greb
  • 03-17-16

Well written

Well written story but I found the subject matter rather hard to take. Overall not my cup of tea, but mainly due to the subject itself no reflection of the writing or the performance.