Kerry Hudson’s THIRST published today!

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.

Kerry was chosen as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2014 for her work founding the Womentoring Project.

Visit Kerry's website here

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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

Kerry Hudson named one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2014

Photo Credit: Nick Tucker

Photo Credit: Nick Tucker

The Bookseller magazine has published its list of up-and-comers of the publishing world, which they've been doing annually for four years - and we're delighted to note that Kerry Hudson is among those chosen for the accolade.

 Kerry is author of TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA and her new book THIRST will be published by Chatto in July.

She makes the list for the WoMentoring project, which she founded after reading reports of women writers being paid and reviewed less than their male counterparts. The group has around 80 mentors, including writers and book trade stalwarts—such as Picador editorial director Francesca Main and our own agent Juliet Pickering —who give their time, for free, to promising women writers who can’t afford to pay for development through the usual channels.

Blake Friedmann offer their congratulations to Kerry and wish WoMentoring the best of luck for its first year.

 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

Voting begins for Kerry Hudson to win Scottish Book Awards

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Voting has commenced for the overall winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2013. TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA by Blake Friedmann author Kerry Hudson has won the First Book award at the Scottish Mortgage Development Trust Book Awards 2013, and is therefore eligible for the overall prize of £20,000.

The winner will be announced on Saturday 2nd November at the Lennoxlove Book Festival. The other finalists are Ewan Morrison in the fiction category, Gavin Francis in the non-fiction category and Richard Price in the poetry category.

Please vote for Kerry to win here!

TONY HOGAN... was published in July 2012 by Chatto & Windus and has been shortlisted for eight literary prizes so far, including the Guardian First Book Award. Kerry's second novel, THIRST, will be published by Chatto in July 2014.

 

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

Kerry Hudson shortlisted for Polari First Book Prize

TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA by Kerry Hudson has been chosen as one of five shortlist titles for the Polari First Book Prize. The Polari First Book Prize is for a first book which explores the LGBT experience and is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published in the UK in English in the last year. The £1000 prize will be awarded at Polari's Sixth Birthday in the Purcell Room on 13 November 2013. For more information about the prize and the rest of the shortlist, click here. 

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TONY HOGAN... was published in July 2012 by Chatto & Windus and has been shortlisted for nine literary prizes so far, including the Guardian First Book Award. Kerry's second novel, THIRST, will be published by Chatto in July 2014.
 

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