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Down The Tubes Paperback – May 27, 2015
About the Author
Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in Devon. She’s been writing for over thirty years, with a few small successes along the way. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was published in 2010. However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point(2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones including a version of her satirical novella Lost The Plot. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007). She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011) She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?). She is gradually in the process of re-Kindling her backlist of previously published as well as unpublished work including: Suckers n Scallies (formerly Sucka!) Down The Tubes She Looks Pale Tales By Kindlelight (a collection of short stories, many of them previously published or shortlisted in short story competitions) Far Cry From The Turquoise Room Savage To Savvy – (ABNA Quarter-Finalist 2012) More information can be found at her website: http://kjrbooks.yolasite.com/ Or her occasional blog: http://bubbitybooks.blogspot.co.uk/
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Is it in their upbringing or are their problems already there waiting to surface ? There were parts of the book that I found difficult to read but as I kept reading it came together as much as dysfunctional can. I recommend this book for a good short read.
The voice of the author is as authentic and joltingly honest as I’ve ever read. At first, I was shocked by many of the topics and situations the characters walked me through and the wide array of topics the author covers, from dysfunction, to drugs, to abuse. The author’s writing style is engaging and raw, completely non-traditional and not at all cliché. The author wrote this book her way, which is a work of art in itself and consistent with the types of topics covered: jaunty, but delicate; multi-faceted with a singular driver of need and longing.
My only advice to you when you read this book is this: finish it. Wait until the end, until you’ve read all, and then spend a few days letting the author’s wisdom sink in before deciding how you feel about this book. And by all means, if you’ve ever wanted to understand dysfunction and why a large component of society is the way it is, read this book.
I give this book a hearty 5 stars for its bravery in beautifully and honestly sharing a story many of us would rather turn our eyes from. Well done.
This story investigates the lives of drug addicts and very cleverly describes the highs and lows of addiction in a disjointed style similar to Trainspotting. It also provides an insight into Cheryl’s dysfunctional style of motherhood. Unfortunately there is a lot of what I thought over sentimental new mother gushiness which I found rather nauseating and I am sure most male readers would agree. In fact the book once again asserted that I have made the right decision in choosing not to have children.
Once you get past that though, this is a good story about relationships, both normal and dysfunctional, as well as how rational thinking and sense of identity can be distorted by drug addiction so perhaps it serves as a cautionary tale too.
The trials and tribulations of Cheryl’s life are cleverly intersected by stories of her mostly adult children and you want to keep reading to find out if her path and Michael’s will cross.
All in all a good story but not one I would want to read more than once.