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Anna Free­man W&N £14.99

Seven­teen-year-old Flor­rie is in love with her cousin Ted. He’s a good lad – but she’s a bad girl, a mem­ber of the vi­cious all-fe­male crime gang led by her mother, Ruby. Now that Ruby is get­ting out of prison, Flor­rie hopes to make a fresh start with her bless­ing, but be­tray­als within the gang threaten more than just her plans. Free­man is ex­cel­lent on the grim and vi­o­lent re­al­i­ties of a life of crime and the queasy moral choices that its fol­low­ers make. Her grip­ping novel is suf­fused with an at­mos­phere of men­ace as thick as the Lon­don smog of 1952 in which it is set.

Neil Arm­strong

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