ISBN 9780701186395,Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

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

Author:

Kerry Hudson

Publisher:

Random House

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ISBN 9780701186395
Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780701186395

ISBN-10 0701186399
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

General & literary fiction

When Janie Ryan is born, she's just the latest in a long line of Ryan women, Aberdeen fishwives to the marrow, always ready to fight. Her violet-eyed Grandma had predicted she'd be sly, while blowing Benson and Hedges smoke rings over her Ma's swollen belly. In the hospital, her family approached her suspiciously, so close she could smell whether they'd had booze or food for breakfast. It was mostly booze.

Tony Hogan tells the story of a Scottish childhood of filthy council flats and B&Bs, screeching women, feckless men, fags and booze and drugs, the dole queue and bread and marge sandwiches. It is also the story of an irresistible, irrepressible heroine, a dysfunctional family you can't help but adore, the absurdities of the eighties and the fierce bonds that tie people together no matter what. Told in an arrestingly original -- and cry-out-loud funny -- voice, it launches itself headlong into the middle of one of life's great fights, between the pull of the past and the freedom of the future. And Janie Ryan, born and bred for combat, is ready to win.
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