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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kerry Hudson Narrator: Jane MacFarlane Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9780698149410
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A dazzling new Scottish voice.

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 eyed 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 sordid council flats and B&Bs; screeching women and feckless men; fags and booze and drugs; 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 1980s; and the fierce bonds that tie people together no matter what. Told in an arrestingly original and laugh-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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Quotes & Awards

  • Wickedly, brilliantly, inescapably funny in spite of its often-horrific scenarios, Hudson's debut is, by equal turns, startling, devastating, and exhilarating. The Boston Globe
  • Sharp and insightful, Hudson's tender and courageous coming of age tale is impossible to put down. A gutsy debut that will engage and enthrall from page one. Lisa O’Donnell, author of The Death of Bees
  • This bittersweet novel is warm and humorous, too. Booklist
  • Funny and dark Kirkus Reviews 
  • [Told] with hope and a biting sense of humor. ShelfAwareness
  • …A witty and lively novel set somewhere between the worlds of Roddy Doyle and Irvine Welsh. William Dalrymple in The Guardian
  • Colorful, funny, joyful and compelling The Observer
  • Full of warmth and bittersweet humour The Financial Times
  • Concurrently very funny and incredibly sad. The writing sizzles The Bookseller
  • More than the best debut of 2012; it's one of the best books of the year.” . Louise Welsh in The Herald (Scotland)
  • A sympathetic coming-of-age tale and a valuable counterpoint to widespread social attitudes to women in poverty Metro (UK)
  • Real and heartfelt, carried along by stunning, earthy dialogue that captures the rough poetry of daily speech…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. The Guardian
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About the Author

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs, and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behavior and plenty of material for her novel Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float before He Stole My Ma. She currently lives, works, and writes in London.

About the Narrator

Jane MacFarlane was born and grew up in the West End of Glasgow. She studied the cello at RSAMD and RNCM and worked as a freelance cellist with orchestras and bands all over Britain. As well as playing and acting in theater, she has also been a composer and musical director, writer, and photographer. She spent three years at the Royal Shakespeare Company as an actress and musician, and she now lives in Central London.