Jera’s Jamboree would like to welcome debut author Kerry Hudson on the blog today as part of the tour for Tony Hogan Bought me an Ice Cream Float before he Stole my Ma.
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. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma is her first novel. Kerry now lives, writes and works in London.
When Janie Ryan is born, she’s just the latest in a long line of Ryan women, Aberdeen fishwives to the marrow, always ready to fight. Her violet-eyed Grandma had predicted she’d be sly, while blowing Benson and Hedges smoke rings over her Ma’s swollen belly. In the hospital, her family approached her suspiciously, so close she could smell whether they’d had booze or food for breakfast. It was mostly booze.
Tony Hogan tells the story of a Scottish childhood of filthy council flats and B&Bs, screeching women, feckless men, fags and booze and drugs, the dole queue and bread and marge sandwiches. It is also the story of an irresistible, irrepressible heroine, a dysfunctional family you can’t help but adore, the absurdities of the eighties and the fierce bonds that tie people together no matter what. Told in an arrestingly original — and cry-out-loud funny — voice, it launches itself headlong into the middle of one of life’s great fights, between the pull of the past and the freedom of the future. And Janie Ryan, born and bred for combat, is ready to win.
As part of the blog tour Kerry has arranged an amazing competition. Here’s more information:
This prize draw is open to anyone from the UK/IE who hosts or comments on a Tony Hogan post. There is no purchase necessary. There is no limit to how many times a name can be entered i.e. if you comment on three blogs you have three entries but it’s only possible to win one prize per person. The winning names will be drawn at random on Wednesday 1st August and announced on Kerry’s Tumblr blog and on Twitter (see author links above).
1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes consist of:
1st prize – A three chapter or synopsis critique plus afternoon tea at Beas of Bloomsbury, London (at a mutually beneficial date and time) with Juliet Pickering from the AP Watt Literary Agency to discuss your critique. Plus a personalised copy of Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before he Stole My Ma.
2nd prize – A literary hamper containing a personalised copy of Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma as well as three of my most recommended writing theory books and Hotel d Chocolate chocolates to enjoy while reading them.
3rd prize – A personalised copy of Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma.
If you want to be entered, just leave a comment below and visit the other blogs taking part in the tour for extra entries:
|5th July||Valerie O’Riordan||http://www.valerieoriordan.com/|
|6th July||Nik Perring||http://www.nikperring.com|
|7th July||Kath Eastman||http://nutpress.co.uk/|
|8th July||Sara Crowley||http://asalted.blogspot.co.uk/|
|9th July||Lindsey Healy||http://thelittlereaderlibrary.blogspot.co.uk/|
|10th July||Teresa Stenson||http://teresa-stenson.blogspot.co.uk/|
|11th July||Kylie Grant||http://bedsheetsandbiscuitcrumbs.blogspot.co.uk/|
|12th July||Sarah Broadhurst||http://sbroadhurstreviews.blogspot.co.uk|
|13th July||Sharon Goodwin||https://jerasjamboree.wordpress.com/|
|14th July||Jessica Patient||http://writerslittlehelper.blogspot.co.uk/|
|15th July||Dan Purdue||http://lies-ink.blogspot.co.uk/|
|16th July||Karen Clarke||http://writewritingwritten.blogspot.co.uk/|
|19th July||Kirsty Logan||http://www.kirstylogan.com/blog/|
I’m sure my readers will join in with me wishing Kerry success with her debut novel.