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Home Paperback – 21 Feb 2019

4.7 out of 5 stars 213 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (21 Feb. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1784163139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784163136
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 213 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Powerfully brings home the fears of living life on the edge...a narrative rich in intimacy and immediacy...Berriman is a former primary school teacher, and her acute awareness of the child’s world, as well as the spot-on grinding details of poverty make this book wholly, painfully authentic...challenging but always compelling; for the entirety of the second half, I was desperate to rescue Jesika and her family.
Comparisons to Room by Emma Donoghue are inevitable; however, while Room is a novel about one sick individual robbing a family of hope and dignity, Home tells the far more terrifying story of inequality in our society.." (Kerry Hudson Guardian)

"Packs a huge emotional punchheartbreaking ... Jesika is entirely engaging, sweet, emphatic and cross as she tries to interpret the grisliness of the grown-up world." (Daily Mail)

"I read this in one sitting and am still crying. Tina and Jesika are heroes. A brave, important, heart-breaking book" (Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths)

"Amanda Berriman's Home kept me up late for all the right reasons. It's a tender portrait of a family in crisis that nevertheless grips like a thriller, a chronicle of extraordinary events that never slides into sensationalism. I loved Jesika - the girl through whose eyes the story is told - and her mother, who in remarkable times also faces the unremarkable challenges of motherhood we can all identify with." (Shelley Harris, author of VIGILANTE and JUBILEE)

"‘Home’ is an extraordinary achievement. Jesika is utterly unique yet it also feels like there is a chorus of children’s voices behind her, telling their story too. It’s an important story to hear. A must-read from an exceptional new writer.
Totally compelling. I read this behind my fingers and couldn’t put it down until I knew if Jesika was safe or not. An important reminder about what the world looks like from a child’s perspective.

I’m not sure I breathed while reading this. Jesika jumps off the page and into your heart. She will stay with me forever." (Tor Udall, author of A THOUSAND PAPER BIRDS)

About the Author

Mandy was born in Germany and grew up in Edinburgh, reading books, playing music, writing stories and climbing hills. She works as a primary school teacher and lives on the edge of the Peak District with her husband, two children and dog.

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