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"Manchester's answer to Martina Cole"

ISBN: 1901746 879 - 9781901746877
Published February 2012

SHAUN WAS ALWAYS a child who demanded more than life could give.

His mother’s stuggle began when she became a single parent, leaving her abusive husband behind. Unable to cope without the family unit, Shaun turns to a life of crime and drugs and eventually ends up in the care system.

Karen Woods’ fourth novel sees her return to familiar territory to craft an indictment of modern society that will pull on your heartstrings.


Mother of four Karen Woods uses her experiences of growing up on a Manchester council estate in her writing.

Having left school with no qualifications, Karen spent her formative years raising children and suffering domestic abuse. However a job with Manchester City Council led to a literacy course and, eventually, the desire to write a novel.

Since writing Black Tears and Broken Youth Karen has been an inspiration to thousands. Her debut novel was voted number 1 on Waterstone’s Readers reviews in April 2010.Recently featured in The Mirror and Bella magazine, Karen's third book Karen's third novel 'Northern Girls Love Gravy' saw a departure to the sun-drenched beaches of southern Spain but now Manchester's favourite author is back on familiar territory with this gripping tale of life in Harpurhey.

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