Kathy Kelly, born in the heart of Glasgow’s tough East End Barras Market, is part of a family riven by favouritism and jealousies, by slights, real and imagined. She grows up with a sharp wit and a quick temper, engaging in verbal warfare with those who cross her, her father, her grandmother, the local parish priest – Kathy Kelly takes no prisoners. But she copes, unlike her older brother Peter, who disappears as fast as he can.
When she reaches a crisis in her life, Kathy moves to the Western Highlands to start all over again. But family ties drag her back to Glasgow, where she is forced to look at things afresh, at past events and people she thought she knew so well, and eventually begin the search for her missing brother, a search which will result in an extraordinary, devastating discovery.
Page-turning and emotionally powerful. Strong sense of place, great sense of humour and cracking narrative pace. Another great novel from Meg Henderson.
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“The overall effect is of being at your auntie’s, of listening to an enthusiastic storyteller, of the fascination of taking a microscope to seemingly ordinary lives, seemingly mundane situations, and bringing them into dramatic focus.”
Scotland on Sunday
MEG HENDERSON was born in Glasgow, spending part of her childhood in Drumchapel, on the outskirts of Clydebank. She is a journalist and the author of Finding Peggy (Corgi, 1994), a memoir of her Glasgow childhood, and the novels, The Holy City (Flamingo, 1997) and Bloody Mary (Flamingo, 1999).
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Book Description Harpercollins Publishers Limited, London, United Kingdom, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 294p.135798642.New book. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 8966
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002254379
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