My Summer of Love

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Bloomsbury, 2004 - Fiction - 248 pages
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It's 1984 and one of the hottest summers Yorkshire's seen. It's the kind of woozy heat you lose your mind in. Mona is 15 years old. She's a drinker, a thief, and a fruit machine addict. Things are already going badly in the pub where she lives with her obese step-brother PorkChop, but when Mona meets posh Tamsin Fakenham, a sassy girl with beautiful breasts, an actress mother, and a sister who's died of starvation, things very quickly get much worse. Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2002, this novel was made into a 2005 film starring Emily Blunt and Nathalie Press.

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User Review  - Guy Salvidge - Goodreads

I was going to give this four stars but I've upped it to five because of the strong ending. It's about a young girl called Mona (real name Lisa) living with her dysfunctional family in Yorkshire in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kate Thompson - Goodreads

I wouldn't recommend the story to almost anyone because it's so oddly dark that I don't know who could enjoy it, yet I found it constantly intriguing. The sinister lack of morals and out-of-touch-with ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Helen Cross was born in 1967 and brought up in East Yorkshire. She currently lives in Birmingham. This is her first novel. Her second, The Secrets She Keeps, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2005.

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