Broken Biscuits by Liz Kettle

Broken Biscuits

Liz Kettle

Mis-shapes, mistakes, misfits, raised on a diet of broken biscuits - Jarvis Cocker's lyrics resonate throughout this dark comedy. Agnes is senile while her granddaughter, Jodie, is odd. As the story shifts between the two women, it shows how our little histories and inheritance make us the people we are. I was hooked from the first page.

Extract

I think about it again, rewinding the new images in my head. It's like a slap. I know it was only one night. I know that nobody actually hurt me. I know other kids get beaten and raped. But I can see now that that night has always been there in the back of my mind.

Parallels
  • The Private Parts of Women by Lesley Glaister
  • The Sunlight on the Garden: A Family in Love, War and Madness by Elizabeth Speller