Kerry Hudson’s THIRST is published today in the UK by Chatto.
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.
Kerry’s first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA, has been shortlisted for eight literary prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award and the Green Carnation Prize, and won the Scottish First Book of the Year.
Kerry's second novel is already attracting fantastic reviews with Harper's Bazaar listing it as a Best British Read and calling it "Fresh and original... an unsentimental love story", Metro calling it “tremendously affecting... impressively unostentatious” and Woman and Home saying it's "both funny and touching". It has received an excellent review on list.co.uk:
'Kerry Hudson's fantastic debut shook readers and critics … and her second book, THIRST, delivers on the promise of that wonderful first novel, giving us another booze-soaked, sex-stained, bittersweet tale of love and tragic disappointment... it's a testament to Hudson's stellar writing that different plot strands sit so snugly and compellingly together... she's a master at creating strong, authentic voices, and this book fizzes with the thronging sounds of east London in the summer and the bustling streets of an unknown Siberian town... Hudson has created two warm but gut-wrenching characters... As the last few chapters crescendo into a breathless, sob-induced finale, Hudson marks herself out once again as a terrifically talented storyteller who, luckily for us, is here to stay.'
Kerry’s profile was featured by the Observer where she talked about her career path, her travels and the journey to writing THIRST.
Praise for TONY HOGAN...:
'What a brilliant thing to turn the chaos and trauma of a hectic childhood into a debut novel as colourful, funny, joyful and compelling as this.' - The Guardian
'This is a remarkable debut novel of love and loyalty, of fierce passion and scabrous wit.' - Foyles
'From the (unrepeatable) hilarious first sentence, this debut sucks you in with its idiosyncratic style... Kerry Hudson's writing is very funny, and her deft touches give the book a reality that makes it all the more powerful. Hudson certainly has a bright future.' - We Love This Book