Home (Transworld, 2018)
Meet Jesika, aged four and a half. The most extraordinary narrator of 2018.
She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.
She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.
‘Heart-stopping. A need to read novel’ Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon
‘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’ Shelley Harris, author of Vigilante and Jubilee
‘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
‘This packs a huge emotional punch’ Daily Mail
‘A sensitive and thought-provoking novel’ The i-Paper
‘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. It is often challenging but always compelling’ The Guardian