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Broken

Broken

by Daniel Clay

Publisher Harper Press

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  • UK First Edition
  • First Printing
  • Hardcover


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A brilliant and utterly original debut novel. Now also an award-winning film.
You thought your neighbours were bad? Wait till you meet the Oswalds. They're crass, cruel and seemingly untouchable. Until, that is, they go one step too far and the results begin to tear an entire community apart. Skunk Cunningham is an eleven-year-old girl in a coma. She has a loving dad, an absent mother and a brother who plays more XBox than is good for him. She also has the neighbours from hell: the five Oswald girls and their thuggish dad Bob are vicious bullies whose reign of terror extends unchallenged over the otherwise quiet suburban square in which the two families live. And yet, terrifying though they are, the cider-swilling, dope-smoking Oswald girls are also happy to put it about so when Saskia asks shy, virginal Rick Buckley for a ride in his new car, he cant believe his luck. Too bad, then, that Saskia cant keep her big mouth shut. When, after a disastrous fumble, she broadcasts Ricks sexual deficiencies to anyone wholl listen, it puts an idea into her younger sisters head an idea that sees Rick arrested for a crime he never committed. From her hospital bed, Skunk tries to make sense of the events that follow, as Saskias small act of cruelty spreads through the neighbourhood in a web of increasing violence. As we inch closer to the mystery behind her coma, Skunks innocence becomes a beacon by which we navigate a world as comic as it is tragic, and as effortlessly engaging as it is ultimately uplifting, in this brilliant and utterly original debut novel.

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About the Author

Daniel Clay

Daniel Clay was born in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, in 1970.

He moved to Hampshire to set up home with his wife, Alison, in 1992. Although he has always been a passionate writer, his first short story wasn't published until 1998, and it would be another ten years before Harper Press bought the rights to his debut novel, Broken, in the UK.

As well as being nominated one of Amazon's best eight debut novels for 2008, Broken was shortlisted for The Commonwealth Writers' Best First Novel Award and The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award.

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    This hardback edition was published exclusively for Goldsboro Books. This is a book that will grab you and it won't release you until the very last page. It will make you laugh, cry and at towards the end you will gasp with horror. It is a roller-coaster of a novel and it is a brilliant debut.

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