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"Manchester's answer to Martina Cole"

ISBN: 1901746 984 - 9781901746983
Published: October 2012

When her gangster boyfriend Tim is sent down, Susie Jones’ life is thrown into turmoil.

Left to run his criminal empire, Susie finds solace in new acquaintances made in Strangeways Visitors’ Centre with unforeseen consequences.


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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