Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice cream Float Before He Stole My Ma A dazzling new Scottish voice 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

A dazzling new Scottish voice.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 thA dazzling new Scottish voice.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 BBs, 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.

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Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

  1. Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen Growing up in a succession of council estates, BBs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel.Her first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA, was published by Chatto Windus in Summer 2012 It has since been shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Southbank Sky Arts Award, Green Carnation Prize, Polari Prize, Author s Club First Book Award and Saltire First Book Award It was the winner of the Scottish Book Awards Best First Novel Kerry s second novel, THIRST, was developed with support from the National Lottery through an Arts Council England grant and will be published July 2014 She now lives, writes and works in East London.

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  1. Mothers ruinTheir own little girlsKeep them dreamingThere s 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 I would I d kick him in the balls when he hits her, but she told me the hits hurt if there s someone watching And the bruises are bigger There is no question that Iris loves her young daughter, Janie, but she has a funn [...]


  2. 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, then through a series of rundown council flats and BB s in the worst areas of Scotland and briefly, England Uncle s come and go, some stay only a night, others, like Tony Hogan, far too long As a child, Janie [...]


  3. 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 world She joins the family of Ryan Women, with filthy tempers, filthy mouths and big bruised muscles for hearts Janie recounts her very personal story to us throughout the whole novel, and this is certainly a [...]


  4. 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 recent past, surrounded by alcoholism, drugs, violence, where employment isn t even seriously considered as an option and the social provides all the means of living, such as they are But I found the book un [...]


  5. 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 that some of the reviewers here found it grim I will admit there is sorrow here, but it is tempered with real love and affection I am eager to read whatever Kerry Hudson writes next.


  6. 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 a ne er do well alcoholic and bears a second child He abandons the family a few short weeks later Janie tries to help care for her baby sister, as well as her depressed mother sounds like an extremely dep [...]


  7. 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 aerobics class in the middle of it and when the instructor asked me if everything was ok, I panicked and mumbled something about a sinus infection, scuttled to another part of the gym, and shame ran on the tread [...]


  8. 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 familiar to many but, like that of Trainspotting, it is not a world in which I would ever really want to be so immersed There are strong, clear details and interesting imagery that surround the reader with seemi [...]


  9. Full review can be found hereJanie Ryan is born to a long line of Aberdeen fish wives and into a childhood of living in hostels, BBs 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, has poor taste in men and really does get close to hitting rock bottom all shown through the eyes of a child.Throughout most of the book I d say that her innocence protects Janie from what could ve been some dev [...]


  10. 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 lineGet out, you cunting, shitting, little fucking fucker.Oh, by the way, if you can t handle a bit of swearing this isn t a book for you.The narrator is Janie Ryan, born in a bad part of Aberdeen to a young single mother Her upbringing is truly awfu [...]


  11. This is a cracking read Told first person from the moment of birth it takes you to some pretty dark corners of British life It s unflinching in its treatment of the subject matter domestic abuse and extreme poverty among them and the nicely played vein of humour is never used as an easy exit.It is beautifully written with finely observed detail throughout The plot is understated and all the better for that this is not a book that is seeking to throw you around for the hell of it but instead stay [...]


  12. Kerry Hudson s d but novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma was recently announced on the long list for the Guardian First Book Award 2012.A story loosely based on Hudson s own childhood, growing up in various council estates and caravan parks, critics have praised her sharp eye for idiosyncrasy have proven united in their opinion that Hudson has created a cast of characters that it is impossible not to root for Excerpt from full review at For Books Sake.


  13. A thunderstorm of a novel Actually, like a thunderstorm of a protagonist Swooped in hard and fast with the first paragraph and held me thrilled, hostage, til the end of the book I m going to remember Janie like a best friend.


  14. Hudson adds just enough comic relief to the heartbreak to ensure that you fall hard for her characters What a beautifully written book.


  15. See my full review here booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wor Get out, you c ting, sh ting, little fu ing fu er were the first words I ever heard The midwife, a shiny faced woman who learned entirely new turns of phrase that night, smoothed Ma s hair Is that not the most impressive opening line you ve read It s certainly memorable And so begins Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson.It s not just the opening line and the title that s arresting about this story inc [...]


  16. Tony Hogan begins with Janie s birth and what the family think she might grow up to be The reader is introduced to her extended family Janie s granny is not there to bring them home from the hospital she s gone out to play bingo and when they get home, there s a note left on Iris her mother s bed Well, my wee one, Granny wants us tae run out for some milk an twenty Benson Hedges Welcome fuckin home It s not long before Iris argues with her mother and leaves home She goes to the Grafton Women s S [...]


  17. A debut author, a child s narrative voice, and the underbelly of society the forgotten, the ignored, the have nots are beautifully portrayed and described in this book Any one of these elements could have brought the story into a confused muddle, or taken maudlin to the level of lecture and harangue, yet Kerry Hudson uses not inconsiderable skill to show moments of hope and great insight as we follow young Janie on her travels as she grows Born to a teenage mother and into a family of women who [...]


  18. Dreadful, dreadful book I d give it a minus 5 if I could Why anyone would choose to write a story that s simply a banal and mostly tedious diary documenting the miserable life of a young girl from birth to sixteen beats me The style of writing screams Creative Writing Course Every other sentence is an attempt to describe something normal in a way it s never been described before Unfortunately the metaphors and similes are mostly wasted because the story is a dud.The fact that the narrator is abl [...]


  19. Janie Ryan is born accompanied by an opening line of eye watering expletives to a family of Aberdeen fishwives, and within weeks is turfed onto the streets in the arms of her Ma, fetching up on the rainy doorstep of a woman s shelter The book takes us through her life from birth to the summer of her sixteenth birthday, bouncing from council tenement to halfway house, from abusive to feckless boyfriend, finally fetching up on the shores of Great Yarmouth.Ordinarily, I d be incredibly unlikely to [...]


  20. A review copy was provided by Penguin in return for an honest reviewIll admit that it was the title that originally drew me to this book It s gutsy but it fits the story so well Nothing about the story is rose tinted This is real life, and it ain t pretty.When the first words you here in life are Get out, you cunting, shitting, little fucking fucker you just know you re not going to have it easy The world in not prepared for Janie and and Janie is not ready for the world but what it is what it i [...]


  21. Boasting one of the best and longest titles I ve come across in ages, Kerry Hudson s debut chronicles the childhood of one Janie Ryan Born to a single mother in Aberdeen her American father having long since disappeared from their lives , Janie is a battler from the start fishwives to the marrow, the Ryan Women were always ready to fight and knew the places that would cut deepest, p 1 Janie s childhood is spent in a succession of BBs and run down council properties and her mother goes through a [...]


  22. Debut novels are usually loosely autobiographical, drawing on the author s life experiences Kerry Hudson spent a lot of her young life growing up on Council Estates and in BBs These experiences have allowed her to paint a very vivid and believable picture, bringing the character of Janie Ryan and her family to life.The story is told wholly through Janie s eyes and words, from the day that she was born There are sad moments, some laugh out loud funny moments and times when you feel sorry for Jani [...]


  23. And so that first promise of silence shattered inside of me like the twist of a kaleidoscope to be joined by so many jagged secrets, pushed into a little body for safe keeping until they threatened to cut their way out The highlight of my weekend has been reading Kerry Hudson s first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and finding myself without letup deeply absorbed in her tonally pitch perfect coming of age story.I was immediately taken with how the story was [...]


  24. Janie Ryan is born to a single mother in Aberdeen and lives on the bottom rung of society Her childhood consists of dangerous housing estates, BBs, a long parade of sometimes violent uncles and the frequent need to move house in a hurry The book follows her from birth to leaving school and sees the world around her through Janie s eyes.I read this book at a single sitting as, once I d started, I wanted to know how it came out Janie is a warm and observant character who, as a child, doesn t know [...]


  25. This is described as a coming of age novel of the main character, Janie Ryan She is born in Scotland, to a dirt poor, drunk of a mother who is in one bad relationship after another The story was intense, witty, and incredibly sad all at the same time It was depressing to see what Janie had to deal with growing up Janie has the toughest of circumstances Born into this life, she seems already doomed to just repeat the same cycle of her mother Janie was such a great character You can t help hoping [...]


  26. Gritty novel about growing up in council housing in and around Aberdeen, Scotland Hudson makes an interesting narrative choice is having Janie Ryan narrate what she observes around her from the very moment she emerges from the womb According to Janie, who is descended from fishwives, the first words she hears are part of a profanity laden, end of labor invective Hudson s writing is compelling and a little rough around the edges Certain sections of the novel seem less developed than others, and a [...]


  27. I loved this beautifully written, sharply observed novel Despite the mostly grim circumstances of the feisty heroine there was plenty of warmth and humour throughout Janie is an original and engaging voice, easy to relate to in spite of everything, and it was interesting and horrifying in parts to read a story about people on the outskirts of society the sort of people we perhaps turn away from in real life feel uncomfortable being around.The Yarmouth setting is well observed, and the relationsh [...]


  28. When I picked this book up and read the back, I was expecting a story about someone in their late teens twenties early thirties choosing to change their path in life How wrong I was This is a story about childhood and teenage years, told through a child s eye It takes the reader back to their own childhood and how they understood the world around them As Janie s childhood takes place in the same decades as my own I totally related to all the cultural references including swapping Keanu Reeves po [...]


  29. Ahhh, I think I d give it a 3.5 if I was able Overall, it was a great read and though I read it with conviction, I don t think I was really invested in the characters until 200 pages in Maybe that s how it s supposed to be, though, because there s not a whole lot of likeability to be found in Ma, her men, or her family I liked Janie, but could never put my finger on her enough all of a sudden she was six, and then eleven, etc to really connect until what I think were her high school years I did [...]


  30. I m surprised at some of the negative reviews below, this is an incredible book Janie s voice is strong and poetic and the way she unfolds her mother s story from her point of view from birth and beyond is as close as she can get without being under her mother s skin And I felt I was under her skin, a sad and hard hitting character who is here and everywhere This story will resonate with people than anyone would ever wish for This book has the lowest lows and yet in the end, a glimmer of hope A [...]


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