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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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