'Totally engrossing and deliciously feisty' Bernardine Evaristo
A powerful, personal agenda-changing exploration of poverty in today's Britain.
'When every day of your life you have been told you have nothing of value to offer, that you are worth nothing to society, can you ever escape that sense of being 'lowborn' no matter how far you've come?'
Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. She scores eight out of ten on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma.
Twenty years later, Kerry's life is unrecognisable. She's a prizewinning novelist who has travelled the world. She has a secure home, a loving partner and access to art, music, film and books. But she often finds herself looking over her shoulder, caught somehow between two worlds.
Lowborn is Kerry's exploration of where she came from. She revisits the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has changed.
'One of the most important books of the year' Guardian
Lowborn - an open, honest account of the most painful destructive childhood
A hugely brave account portraying one of the most deprived upbringings I could ever imagine. Visiting an excruciatingly hurtful past and creating a positive future, this book has brought tears of empathy, joy and hope, not only for our author, but for others who have gone through such adversity. In my fifties, I am coming to terms with some gremlins from my own past and this book has taught me not to be ashamed of who I am. I first heard of ‘Lowborn’ on Radio 4’s ‘book of the week’ and it has helped me greatly on my own journey, thank you Kerry.
I highly recommend this intelligent, brave and honest insight into the struggles of poverty. I couldn’t put this book down. I felt every emotion and believe everyone should experience the insight, straight from those who have experienced poverty, I have gained from reading this book.