Kerry Hudson

Agent:  Juliet Pickering

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

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THIRST Contemporary Fiction, 336pgs Chatto, July 2014 Dave and Alena meet in the frayed heat of a London high summer where she's up to no good and it's his job to catch her. So begins an unlikely relationship between two people with secrets, they've no idea how to live with -- or leave behind. But despite everything they still find themselves fighting with all they've got for a future together.

THIRST

Contemporary Fiction, 336pgs
Chatto, July 2014

Dave and Alena meet in the frayed heat of a London high summer where she's up to no good and it's his job to catch her. So begins an unlikely relationship between two people with secrets, they've no idea how to live with -- or leave behind. But despite everything they still find themselves fighting with all they've got for a future together.

TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA Literary/Contemporary Fiction, 272 pages, Chatto & Windus, 2012 The story of Janie Ryan's Scottish childhood: filthy council flats and B&Bs, screeching women, feckless men, fags and booze and drugs, the dole queue and bread and marge sandwiches. Arrestingly original -- and cry-out-loud funny.

TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA

Literary/Contemporary Fiction, 272 pages, Chatto & Windus, 2012

The story of Janie Ryan's Scottish childhood: filthy council flats and B&Bs, screeching women, feckless men, fags and booze and drugs, the dole queue and bread and marge sandwiches. Arrestingly original -- and cry-out-loud funny.