It's 1984 and one of the hottest summers Yorkshire's seen. It's the kind of woozy heat you lose your mind in. Mona is 15 years old. She's a drinker, a thief, and a fruit machine addict. Things are already going badly in the pub where she lives with her obese step-brother PorkChop, but when Mona meets posh Tamsin Fakenham, a sassy girl with beautiful breasts, an actress mother, and a sister who's died of starvation, things very quickly get much worse. Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2002, this novel was made into a 2005 film starring Emily Blunt and Nathalie Press.
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Helen Cross was born in 1967 and brought up in East Yorkshire. She currently lives in Birmingham. This is her first novel. Her second, The Secrets She Keeps, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2005.Review:
"A hand grenade of a novel." -- Daily Mail
"A sharp, disturbing and highly original debut novel." -- Sunday Mirror
"Dark, intelligent and superbly written. Prepare to be seduced... and shocked." -- Glamour
"Energetic and blackly comic." -- The Times
“A savvy, comic/gothic debut exploring the angry mania of teenage alienation.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Scabrous and cleverly evocative of the confusion of emergent adulthood, Cross's blistering prose lifts a familiar storyline to another level.” -- Kirkus Reviews
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