Does the middle child in a family always get a raw deal?Certainly life is not straightforward for Fiona O'Connell. With her older brother out at work, she is often left in charge at home, dealing with the terror of her little twin sisters, Mona and Rona, and their line-dancing routines. She finds her escape in her books, her art and her blossoming friendship with Jaz, the Sikh boy at school. Then, one day her mother goes into hospital to have her fifth child. And she never comes home. Her death in childbirth feels like something that happened in Victorian times - surely not in Glasgow in the 21st century. For Fiona, life will never be the same again.More
"A tender, lyrical coming-of-age narrative." (Guardian)
"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." Mary Welp
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What sings here is the Glasgow dialect