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Fiona O’Connell is no fevered heroine roaming the moors. She is a working-class, Catholic Glaswegian lass who oversees the care of her large family after her mother dies in childbirth. Though the death of the mother is often a handy plot device, it’s easy to forgive here, as the other relationships are so carefully drawn. Imagine a cocktail of a book that is one-quarter of each of the following writers, shaken and stirred into a new heady froth: Roddy Doyle, Hanif Kureishi, Irvine Welsh, and Louise Rennison. Katy Anderson's narration of this is a gift to the universe.
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I tried to get into this book; however, it was so difficult to understand the Brogue accent that I had to stop listening.
This was our book club book for the month - everyone that listened to it enjoyed it more than those who read it - so I did a bit of both I could see why. Reading scottish dialect makes commonly used words seem strange so you had to think whilst reading whilst it was so obvious when listening to it! I really enjoyed most of the accents - perhaps with the exception of the art teacher! It provided lots of interesting discussion and a wide range of opinions.