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Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns

Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Hudson, Kerry

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What does it really mean to be poor in Britain today? A prizewinning novelist revisits her childhood and some of the country's most deprived towns 'When every day of your life you have been told you have nothing of value to offer, that you are worth nothing to society, can you ev...er escape that sense of being `lowborn' no matter how far you've come?' Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. She scores eight out of ten on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma. Twenty years later, Kerry's life is unrecognisable. She's a prizewinning novelist who has travelled the world. She has a secure home, a loving partner and access to art, music, film and books. But she often finds herself looking over her shoulder, caught somehow between two worlds. Lowborn is Kerry's exploration of where she came from, revisiting the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has changed. She also journeys into the hardest regions of her own childhood, because sometimes in order to move forwards we first have to look back.
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ISBN 9781784742454
Released NZ 7 May 2019
Publisher Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781784742454
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Released 7 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hudson, Kerry
Category Award Winning
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Urban Communities
Poverty
Social Issues: Unemployment
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 362.5092
Weight 377g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Poor - Social conditions - Great Britain, Poverty - Great Britain, Poor children - Social conditions - Great Britain
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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