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Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma (2012)

Right from the moment Janie Ryan is born in 1980s Aberdeen, she has the odds stacked against her. After an argument with her own mother, her young mother, Iris, takes off with her, despite having nowhere else to live. And so begins Janie's journey through childhood - from living in poverty-stricken neighbourhoods, running out of money and food at the end of the week, to dealing with abusive men and drug-addicted family members. Janie finds a haven in books but will she be able to rise above her circumstances and make something of herself? The situation is bleak but the tone never is. It's a compelling, hard-hitting coming-of-age story and a highly acclaimed debut.

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