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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 eyed 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 sordid 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.
|Title||:||Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
March 17, 2017
Their own little girls
Keep them dreaming
There's more to this world*
Here's a conversation children should never have to have:
'Leanne, does your da hurt your ma?'
'Just when there's no' enough booze. Or too much. That's what ma says.'
'But yeh stop him, don't yeh? From hitting yer ma?'
January 23, 2014
Janie Ryan narrates 'Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma' from the moment of her birth, greeted by curse laden screaming, boozy breath and muttered recriminations. Her teenage mother lasts barely a week under her mothers roof before she drags Janie first to a refuge, the...
September 14, 2012
'We were a glass family, she was a glass ma and I needed to wrap us up, handle her gently.'
The fragility of this family's existence is evident early on, and throughout this wonderful debut novel, which arrested my attention from the very first words, as little Janie Ryan first comes into the wor...
December 28, 2012
Seems like I'm in the minority in not enjoying this one. It was certainly a vivid (and from the limited experience I had in the early 90s with Scottish council estates and people living from dole check to dole check, very realistic) depiction of growing up in desparate poverty in Britain's very r...
December 28, 2013
This is a really good book with a not-so-great-title (or cover.) I love coming of age stories and this one does not disappoint. Janie has a wonderful voice and the author is very brave with some of her point of view decisions. An infant narrating from a crib? But Kerry Hudson pulls it off.
I saw t...
January 25, 2014
Janie is born to a single mother who comes from a long line of tough fishmonger women, the Ryan women, to be exact. Her life is one of poverty, constant moves to estate flats in bad parts of town, welfare and an extremely dysfunctional family and depressed mother. At one point, her mother marries...
December 06, 2017
Full disclosure: although we’ve never interacted, I am friends with the author on GR. Which made me kind of afraid to publicly post that I was reading this. What if I didn’t like it? What if I DNF’d it? I definitely don’t have Michiko Kakutani’s nerves of steel. I once left a very disorganized ae...
September 05, 2013
Despite repeated temptations to give up on this book, I persisted. Unfortunately, what I thought or even hoped might happen to transform the story by the end did not.
As another reviewer noted, the writer brings this world vividly to life, and I have no doubt of its being a realistic world familia...
July 20, 2012
Full review can be found here
Janie Ryan is born to a long line of Aberdeen fish wives and into a childhood of living in hostels, B&Bs and council estates. This book follows the trials and tribulations of growing up with a mother who, whilst always wanting to provide the best for her child, ha...
February 06, 2014
I was attracted to the title, but have been burned by books with quirky titles. I bought it, but then got really nervous. The overly cute cover didn't help.
The quirky title and overly cute cover were slightly deceiving. The first hint came in the first line......
Get out, you cunting, shitting, li...