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Down The Tubes [Kindle Edition]

Kate Rigby , Ann Rigby
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A hard-hitting novel based on the author's experience of working in the field of addictions.

It's the late 1980s and mother of four, Cheryl West, lands herself a job at a drugs project in London. But memories of her old life are never far away, especially when her surly daughter, Elaine, makes her unwelcome visits.

Meanwhile, Cheryl's estranged son, Michael aka Dodo - is ironically having his life destroyed by drug addiction in his attempt to avoid painful memories of abuse. He goes from one chaotic situation to another, ending up on the streets and reaching rock bottom, until he is referred to a drug rehabilitation centre in rural Hampshire where dark family secrets are uncovered.

They're each on a journey, but can there be reconciliation as well as rehabilitation?

* A paperback version is due to be published early 2015 *

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About the Author

Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in Devon. She’s been writing for over thirty years, with a few small successes along the way. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was published in 2010. However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point(2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones including a version of her satirical novella Lost The Plot. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007). She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011) She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?). She is gradually in the process of re-Kindling her backlist of previously published as well as unpublished work including: Suckers n Scallies (formerly Sucka!) Down The Tubes She Looks Pale Tales By Kindlelight (a collection of short stories, many of them previously published or shortlisted in short story competitions) Far Cry From The Turquoise Room Savage To Savvy – (ABNA Quarter-Finalist 2012) More information can be found at her website: http://kjrbooks.yolasite.com/ Or her occasional blog: http://bubbitybooks.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2550 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UC51NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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* Down The Tubes is now available in paperback too by following the Amazon link *


Kate Rigby has been writing for over thirty years. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it.

However she's not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev's avant garde magazine Texts' Bones including a version of her satirical novella Lost The Plot.

Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).

Her book Little Guide to Unhip was published by Night Publishing (2010).

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and also as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology (Pfoxmoor 2011).

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now 'Did You Whisper Back?').

Titles now available on Kindle and other e-books are:

Little Guide to Unhip
Thalidomide Kid
Seaview Terrace
Far Cry From The Turquoise Room (also available in paperback)
Break Point
Suckers n Scallies
Down The Tubes
Tales By Kindlelight
Savage To Savvy (also available in paperback)
Did You Whisper Back?
Fall Of The Flamingo Circus
She Looks Pale
Hard Workers
Headboards


Details about Kate's work can be found at her website:

http://kjrbooks.yolasite.com/

Or her occasional blogs can be found at:

http://bubbitybooks.blogspot.com/



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I found this author! 20 Jan. 2015
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This book gets 5 stars from me because it was quite simply everything I look for in a book, and can never seem to find! A brilliant storyline, real characters, real dialogue, gritty, hard-hitting, heartbreaking and touching. I am so pleased the author has written lots of other books! Down The Tubes is a story about two people; Cheryl, who has all but turned her back on her four children in order to have a 'life' and is pursuing a career in drug rehabilitation, and her estranged son Michael, who ran away from home aged sixteen. The book brilliantly weaves their two life stories together, in the third person and present tense. Cheryl is such an interesting character, in many ways extremely unlikable, but I could not help be intrigued by her. Married young, she has child after child, seemingly addicted to the 'pink haze' that surrounds an innocent young baby. However once they start to walk and talk she sees their innocence fade and starts to lose interest. Michael, on the other hand, having been abused by his father, is such a lost soul that you are immediately drawn to him, instantly rooting for him and hoping he can eventually kick his drug habit. As the narration takes us back and forth between their two lives, the two characters almost cross paths but seem destined to never be reunited. This is such a well written book, and I am so pleased I have found an author who does not shy away from gritty storylines that make you flinch. I was left wanting more.
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This is the story of an all too believable dysfunctional family. Kate Rigby's characters are portrayed with painful realism - the vulnerable drug addict, Michael, a survivor of child abuse, is particularly well-drawn and I found his story totally engrossing.
Kate Rigby is a consummate story-teller and, like all her books, this is deeply-felt and compelling. It is also disturbing, even harrowing in places, but this only adds to it's narrative power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of drugs and their impact on the family 18 Jan. 2013
By Tabi
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This his a heart and gut wrenching story of a family falling apart over the years and the secrets each member holds close to their chests.
In Kate's usual style, it is extremely well written and the characters are so real the you can't help but get drawn in.
Cleverly, just as you think you know what's next, Kate pulls the rug from under you and throws in another surprise.
This feels like a real family and you are a fly on their respective walls. It's sad, touching and insightful.
As I've found with Kate's books before, this has left me with a lot to think about. It's a triumph.
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