Summer's Best Books: #1 - Lowborn by Kerry Hudson

Winter brings all of the worst books to the yard - memoirs from 22 year old Love Island alumni and autobiographies of old cricketers, anybody? But SUMMER IS NEARLY HERE! Which means an influx of books that you might actually feel something for… whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a romance lover or a non-fiction nerd (like me), 2019 promises to be a stellar year for actually enjoyable literature. This week, I’m running down the 10 books I’m most looking forward to reading this summer.

In no particular order, here’s number one!


TL;DR : Non-fiction memoir of Scottish author Kerry Hudson’s childhood in 1980s poverty

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, living in B&Bs and suffering hunger, sadness and rootlessness. Now, Kerry is a jetsetting, prizewinning novelist - but she often finds herself looking over her shoulder, caught somehow between two worlds.

Lowborn is Kerry’s exploration of where she came from. She revisits the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has changed.

I’m really looking forward to reading this, as I grew up solidly working class in Stoke, and while some of Kerry’s experiences are profoundly hers and hers alone, I think there’s a whole generation of millennials who grew up with aspirations outside of their immediate surroundings - something that can be deeply confusing. When you feel like you don’t fit at home, and also in your new upwardly-mobile surroundings, it can be lonely.

I’m going to devour this on a Sunday afternoon with a box of Kleenex and a giant hot chocolate.

Lowborn is released on 16th May 2019