A bit about here…

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA was published in 2012 by Chatto & Windus (Penguin Random House) and was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award while also being 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 published in 2014 by Chatto & Windus and won France’s most prestigious award for foreign fiction the Prix Femina Étranger. It was also shortlisted for the European Premio Strega in Italy. Her books are also available in the US (Penguin), France (Editions Philippe Rey), Italy (Minimum Fax) and Turkey.

Kerry founded The WoMentoring Project and has written for Grazia, Guardian Review, Observer New Review, Metro newspaper and YOU Magazine. She has represented the British Council in South Korea, mentored with IdeasTap Inspires and TLC, teaches for the Arvon Foundation and was commissioned by the Writers’ Centre Norwich to give a provocation on diversity as part of their ‘National Conversation’ series.

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)

‘It’s a bleak outlook, but Hudson makes it beautiful. Heart-wrenching without being maudlin, Thirst is a novel about the scraps of hope that people find when they’re completely out of options.’ (Kaite Welsh, The Independent)

‘This is Hudson’s second novel, and it shares with her debut a real warmth for her working class and underclass characters…writing with a modern take on the hardships of 21st century living that is highly impressive.’ (Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue)

‘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)

“An unusual love story… a refreshing change from the plethora of middle-class novel fare that simply holds a mirror to the majority of readers” (John Harding, Daily Mail)

“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” (Fanny, Blake, 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.’ (Louise, Welsh, Herald)

‘Colourful, funny, joyful and compelling.’ (Nicola Barr, 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.’ (David Evans, 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.’ (Jenn Ashworth, Guardian Review)

‘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.’ (Cathy Rentzenbrink, The 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.’ (Jonathan Rupin, 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, Doug Johnstone)

‘Definitely one to watch.’ (Big Issue, Paperback round-up) 

‘Hudson’s ear for language…raises this debut novel well above the average.’ (Glasgow Sunday Herald, Lesley McDowell)

‘Despite the often grim subject matter, the book is imbued throughout with warmth, humour, hope and a humanity that pervades every page.’ (Sunday Mail, Scotland)

‘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’ (Scott Pack, Me and My Big Mouth)

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