'One of the finest authors writing in the English language today' The Times
'One of our finest - and darkest - novelists' Observer
A brilliant first novel set in the 1970s.
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When Maggie is thirteen she goes to live with her grandfather, Pop, in Sutton Coldfield. Pop knows everything - he's quiz champion of the Plough and Harrow and his ambition is to appear on Sale of the Century. Maggie knows about the great comedians - Max Wall, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Eric and Ernie - about country music, and about how her mother died. Pop sings with the poetry of the suburbs and aches with the poignancy of adolescence. Kitty Aldridge has a wonderfully distinctive voice and a deliciously sharp eye for the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.
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Kitty Aldridge was born in the Middle East but grew up in England. A graduate of the Drama Centre, London, she has since worked in theatre, film, and television as an actress and writer. Her first novel ...