FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Spilt Milk, Black Coffee has been added to your Basket
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book is eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK. Your order will be picked, packed and dispatched by Amazon. Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Spilt Milk, Black Coffee Paperback – 3 May 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£7.99
£3.23 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£7.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Spilt Milk, Black Coffee
  • +
  • My Summer of Love
Total price: £20.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408801078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801079
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Helen Cross

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

Product Description

Review

Praise for The Secret She Keeps: 'There's a timeless feel to this tale of loneliness, greed and beauty. Cross writes beautifully' Daily Mail 'Cross has an ability to imbue the everyday world with sensuality and strangeness ... it has the raw energy and flashes of brilliance that show Helen Cross to be a writer to watch' Sunday Telegraph Praise for My Summer of Love: 'Evocative, ferocious, even visceral ... A hand-grenade of a novel ... a book of quite exceptional power' Daily Mail 'A sharp, disturbing and highly original debut novel' Sunday Mirror

Review

`Helen `My Summer of Love' Cross is a fine writer with a spiky edge, a wry sense of humour and a sharp instinct for creating characters who are believably flawed' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

See all Product Description

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I want to congratulate Helen Cross on being one of the few non Muslim authors to write about British Asians as if they were people- have, as George Eliot puts it an equivalent centre of self, of which their religion is a part, but a natural part to them, as Dorothea's Christianity is to her-you can see how much I liked it if it makes me think of Middlemarch! And she gives that same sense of self to another vilified tabloid creation-the single mother. Walk a mile in my moccasins the Native Americans say, and with Helen's help we walk in Amir's smart slip ons, Jackie's spike heels and Elle's trainers, and see the complex world beyond those tabloid headlines-funny, tender, touching- and brilliantly observed.
Comment 5 of 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Strong characterisation, clever writing, funny and believable dialogue - 'Spilt Milk, Black Coffee' has it all. In Jackie Jackson - a twice-divorced, self-confessed bad mother pushing forty but still acting like a teenager - Helen Cross has created a character who, despite (or perhaps because of) her flaws, will enthrall rather than appall. Anyone reading this novel is sure to become just as fascinated by Jackie as the other characters in the novel end unwillingly find themselves.

As is the fashion these days, the novel is written from multiple viewpoints, but in this case it's more than just a gimmick. Jackie herself never takes on narration duties, meaning the reader always sees her through the eyes of others; an important technique, as the various perceptions of Jackie are a key theme of the text. It's impossible not to warm to our two main narrators - Jackie's tomboy daughter Elle, who adores her mum while desperate to avoid turning into her, and Amir, obsessed by Jackie despite significant age and cultural differences between the two. Both characters are brilliantly written, but Cross's portrayal of Elle - an adult before her time, yet heartbreakingly childlike underneath - is particularly poignant. Although Elle and Amir's paths only really cross once until the end of the novel, it's a pivotal moment, and their differing perceptions of the incident sets up much of the action.

If you're looking for a novel with fast-paced action and a big finale, 'Spilt Milk, Black Coffee' probably isn't for you; the plot on its own is fairly slow, although the strength of the characterisation and scene-setting makes this almost irrelevant.
Read more ›
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book as it was so very different from my usual choice (though I had been looking out for it since Cross's last one, The Secrets She Keeps) : I think this book takes an admirable risk and tells it like it probably is. When I curled up with the book, I didn't seem like I'd stayed put, on my own settee! It drew me in with its story, made me laugh sometimes and had my heart racing with a fast-paced concluding section.

Helen Cross's ear for language made reading the book seem almost like listening to a gripping radio play. She is a writer I am pleased I watched out for.

Rosie Ross
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I generally don't like rom com books - often advertised as "wickedly funny" but tending to be cliched and predictable. But Helen Cross has been very brave in attempting a male British Muslim POV which seems authentic but not being of Bangladeshi origin myself I find it hard to judge. However, I did find that Amir's vernacular vocabulary tended to repeat itself quite a lot. The Elle (12 year old girl) POV seemed a bit disjointed - the relationship with her mother seemed all over the place but this is probably right for that age.
The novel is one massive flashback from the steps of the registry office and it is sometimes hard to follow the time jumps. However I liked the sense of place and the descriptions of the family reunions and life in urban multicultural Britain. The plot isn't complex - basically a will he/she won't he/she dilemma but it has reasonable pace.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback