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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (14 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902638506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902638508
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,123,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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dryly captures the madness and the sadness of families though this perfectly observed account --Marina Lewycka, author A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

distinctive and engaging The dialogue is really good and that's a rare thing. --Tessa Hadley

This Witty worrying debut rambles across 1980's England through various women's communities, from the terraced houses of a northern town to the communal squats of Hackney, via the muddy sleeping bags of Greenham common. Helen Sandler, Diva --Helen Sandler, Diva


Tracy is a kleptomaniac and a compulsive liar. A lost soul, she drifts fecklessly about, sponging off her friends with a high turnover of menial jobs as she searches for Anita. Tracy's thinks that if Anita's disappeared out of her life, then she must have disappeared out of this world, and that means detective work. But Tracy is a quintessentially unreliable, and it gradually becomes clear that it is her neurosis, rather than Anita's disappearance, that is the driving force behind her adventure. I bite the icing from the Gems because it reminds me of nipples and smoke of other people's cigarettes. Set in a northern English city in the 1980's, "Other Useful Numbers" explores a lost community of women floundering in the murky waters of economic depression, infidelity and feminist politics, and is in turns moving and hilarious. It's a novel about love, dependence, disappearance and recovery.

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