Born Free

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Rebel Incorporated, 1999 - Fiction - 275 pages
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Laura Hird's superb debut novel is a punchy, acerbic, sharp-witted, and, above all, acutely observed account of family life set in a deprived area of west Edinburgh. Published to outstanding acclaim in Britain, Born Free tells the story of an ordinary family who is trying to escape from something . . . and each other.

The interactions between Jake, Joni, Angie, and Vie reveal a hellish cocktail of adolescent and midlife crises; the savagery of sibling rivalry; the waking nightmare of a marriage gone cold; and, naturally, the unbridgeable, infernal chasm between the generations. It's a story of everyday life.

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I first came across Laura Hird through her story "The Dilating Pupil" in the Children of Albion Rovers collection. In this, her first novel, she tells the depressing story of a wreck of a family ... Read full review

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I didn't like it! I found it so boring. The only character I liked was Joni. Read full review


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Laura Hird's debut novel, Born Free, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and nominated for the Orange Prize. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her latest collection of stories, Hope and Other Urban Tales, was published by Canongate in October 2006. Her latest book is Dear Laura, published in March 2007. She lives in Edinburgh.

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