Biography: Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel.
Her first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA (Chatto & Windus), was published in July 2012 and was shortlisted for eight literary prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award and Green Carnation Prize, and won Scottish First Book of the Year. Kerry's second novel, THIRST, was developed with support from the National Lottery through an Arts Council England grant, and published by Chatto in July 2014 before being shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize.
Published in France as La Couleur de L'eau by Editions Philippe Rey, translated by Florence Lévy-Paolini, THIRST was the winner of prestigious literary prize, Prix Femina Etranger 2015, going on to become a bestseller in France. It was also shortlisted for the European Strega prize in Italy, after being published there as SETE, by Minimum Fax.
Kerry is writing her third book, LOWBORN: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns.
‘Hudson avoids the usual sentimental clichés and gives us the hope and tough warmth for which she has such a sharp eye.’ - The Guardian
'Kerry Hudson's fantastic debut shook readers and critics from the cushy, Booker-induced, middle-class coma of the preceding years. And her second book, THIRST, delivers on the promise of that wonderful first novel' - The List
'Hudson writes with charm and perception about seeking solace in a dog-eat-dog world.’ – The Independent