It's 1984 and one of the hottest summers Yorkshire's seen. It's the kind of woozy heat to lose your mind in. Mona is fifteen 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.
Helen Cross was born and brought up in the village of Newbald in East Yorkshire. Her first novel, My Summer of Love won a Betty Trask Award and became a BAFTA award-winning feature film. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and her plays and stories have been broadcast on Radio 4. She has recently returned from working for the British Council as Writer in Residence at the University of Mumbai. Helen's second novel, The Secrets She Keeps is now available in paperback, and her third novel, Spilt Milk, Black Coffee was published by Bloomsbury in May 2010. She lives in Birmingham, England with her partner Andy and two daughters. She's just completed a fourth novel and film adaptation of Spilt Milk, Black Coffee for Rainy Day Films. More details at www.helencross.net