Life in the Palace (Arena Books)

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9780099698906: Life in the Palace (Arena Books)

Kinnaird Buildings, a tenement block in Waterloo, was once quality. Now ancient and blackened, it houses a fringe community of the feckless, the light-fingered, the addicted, who ignore the thuds and screams, and try to patch something together out of the rags and tatters of their lives.

At the centre are Judy, resting from emotional entanglements with men, attempting to resist romantic, wayward Jimmy Raffo; and Loretta, fighting poverty and the brutality of her surroundings.

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Tough and tender ... an excellent first novel ( VICTORIA GLENDINNING)

Birch's vignettes of unpretentious social realism are sharp, credible and poignant ( SUNDAY TIMES)

Birch has a deadly ear for the sudden, impotent rage ... It's almost poetry, this tale of today's undeserving poor ( GUARDIAN)

Believable and affecting ( OBSERVER)

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* A reissue of Carol Birch's lively, compassionate first novel: winner of the 1988 David Higham Award - a hard-edged and often very funny story of love, death and survival.

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