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    • ISBN:9781844087341
    • Publication date:03 Mar 2011
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    • Publication date:11 Aug 2011
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Slammerkin

By Emma Donoghue
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Emma Donoghue's gripping novel in a beautiful new hardback edition as part of the VMC set for adult and young adult readers.

'Strangers might remember a trip to see a girl hang, but who would spare a thought for the whos and hows and whys?'

At thirteen, Mary, the daughter of a poor seamstress, longs for fine clothes as her neighbours hunger for food and warmth. For the love of a gorgeous red ribbon she finds herself seduced into a life on the cold, dangerous streets of late 1700s London. Her saviour is Doll, a gaudy young woman who takes her under her wing. But Mary soon discovers that she can't escape her past and that people like her pay must pay dearly for yearnings not fitting to their class . . .

Biographical Notes

Emma Donoghue is an Irish novelist, playwright and historian who lives in Canada. Her books include The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, Touchy Subjects and Life Mask. Her critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling novel Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010.

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  • ISBN: 9781405521567
  • Publication date: 30 Aug 2012
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