When Maggie is 13 she goes to live with her grandfather, Pop, in Sutton Coldfield. Pop knows everything - he's quiz champion of the Plough and Harrow and his ambition is to appear on Sale of the Century. Maggie knows about the great comedians - Max Wall, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Eric and Ernie - about country music, and about how her mother died.
Pop sings with the poetry of the suburbs and aches with the poignancy of adolescence. Kitty Aldridge has a wonderfully distinctive voice and a deliciously sharp eye for the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.
Kitty Aldridge was born in the Middle East but grew up in England. A graduate of the Drama Centre, London, she has since worked in theatre, film, and television as an actress and writer.
"An authentic, gentle, and genuinely funny account of ordinary life,..this novel is at once life-affirming and important." (Independent on Sunday)
"Impressively original, both intense and distanced, and sometimes very funny. Her prose is full of gorgeous description..." (The Sunday Telegraph Magazine)
"Kitty Aldridge is a real discovery, a writer of precision, delicacy and wit, and her first novel is a rare delight." (Salaman Rushdie)
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