A bit about here…

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel.

Her first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA was winner of the Scottish First Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award,  Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, THIRST, was developed with support from the National Lottery through an Arts Council England grant and will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2014. Kerry has written for Grazia, Guardian Review and YOU Magazine and also teaches with the National Academy of Writing, Arvon and the Writers’ Centre Norwich. She currently lives and writes in Hackney.

Praise for Thirst

‘It explores the lives of people not generally considered fit for literature and does so with wit and a shrewdness that makes Hudson’s subjects zing from the page.’ (Louise Welsh, The Guardian)

‘…an exquisite, stimulating mash-up…A brilliant, enthralling saga’ (Joseph Crilly, The Irish Times)

‘Funny, inventive, delightful.’ (Viv Groskop, Red Magazine 10 Best Summer Reads

‘Fresh and original…it’s an unsentimental love story‘ (Sam Baker, Harper’s Bazaar Best of British Reads)

“Tremendously affecting… impressively unostentatious in its instinct for a common story within a city of millions that never gets heard” (Claire Allfree Metro)

“Kerry Hudson has consolidated her position with this second novel as a writer who is prepared to face the injustices and the grimness of life, and tell of lives usually ignored… Thirst is hardly an easy summer read… but it is probably an essential one”(Lesley McDowell Scotsman)

“A classy will-they won’t-they romance with a difference… Sheer escapism from start to finish” (Bella)

“Both funny and touching… Hudson’s debut was highly praised and this is a terrific follow-up” (Woman & Home)

“As the last few chapters crescendo into a breathless, sob-inducing finale, Hudson marks herself out once again as a terrifically talented storyteller who, luckily for us, is here to stay” (Yasmin Sulaiman List)

Praise for Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma:

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
- Herald

Colourful, funny, joyful and compelling
- 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
- 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 clichés and gives us, without a shred of hipster cynicism, the hope and tough warmth for which she has such a sharp eye
- 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
- 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
- Waterstone’s, Bookseller

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

Refreshing originality… Hudson’s achievement is the creation of a strong, working-class, female voice in her protagonist – filling a hole in contemporary literature
- Big Issue in the North

Definitely one to watch
- Big Issue (National)

Hudson’s ear for language…raises this debut novel well above the average
- Glasgow Sunday Herald

Janie’s irrepressible, childish glee and the sly humour into which it evolves give the novel a wry self-awareness that is both refreshing and endearing
- Observer

A gripping, often hilarious tale of growing up in the slums of Aberdeen. Hard to put down owing to the power of the narrative, its DNA is part Roddy Doyle/part Irvine Welsh
- The Lady

It is a sheer joy to read

- Me and My Big Mouth

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