Debut novel from Rachel Trezise, winner of the Orange Futures Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. The story of a brutal childhood in the Welsh Valleys.
“Trezise’s debut has plenty of grit... she rants, she sulks, but she remains defiant. You guess immediately that she is a survivor.” -- The Guardian
“The power is in what is not said... the use of language economic, inventive and highly evocative.” -- New Welsh Review
“Part rant part confessional prose... suggests Trezise is a force to be reckoned with.” -- Buzz
Rebecca is trying to grow up fast but the whole world’s against her. She falls in love, gets drunk and takes drugs. There are things she needs to forget. But when writing and books take hold of her life she starts to come up from the bottom.
Rachel Trezise was born in Cwmparc, Rhondda in 1978. Her family is of Cornish origin. She was educated at Treorchy Comprehensive School before going on to study at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) and the University of Limerick. Her debut collection of short stories, Fresh Apples, won the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006.