Dirty Work

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 4, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction
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Hope has everything that money can buy . . . except happiness. She may be spoilt but Hope’s sure that as far as her preoccupied parents are concerned, she’s hopeless.

Oksana doesn’t even have a mum. And her dad and brother are miles away, left behind in Russia. She thought Europe would offer a better life – instead, bought and sold into prostitution, she feels dirty and used.

Then Oksana and Hope are thrown together in the most terrifying circumstances imaginable. Their only real chance of escape lies with each other, but how do two teenagers with so little in common find the way . . . ?

A tense, shocking novel – with a hint of hope.

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User Review  - Kirkus

The dirty work suggested in the title might be the sex acts abductors forced on teen girls, or perhaps the phrase alludes to the nasty business of prying the girls from their families. Hope Tasker ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennie_103 - LibraryThing

An issues driven book that I felt didn't have strong enough characters to make it more than that. The Russian character was really filled out as the book went on but I felt the English girl was just a stereotypical self involved/I-pod/boys/mobile teenager as seen by an adult! Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Julia Bell is a novelist and lecturer on the MA Creative Writing course at Birkbeck, University of London. Her first novel, Massive, was published by Young Picador to critical acclaim. Dirty Work is her second novel. Her third novel, The Dark Light, was published by Macmillan in 2015. She is also the co-editor of the bestselling The Creative Writing Coursebook (Macmillan), written while she was teaching at the University of East Anglia. Julia lives in London.

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