`Spectacularly worth reading' The Times
Longlisted for the Orange Prize
A fast-paced literary thriller in which ex-belly dancer Evangeline's fight to protect three-year-old Lily draws her into the seedy underworld of her past - the first book in Louisa Young's celebrated Angeline Gower trilogy.
Angeline Gower had no choice, and now she's very glad she didn't.
Angeline is reformed. She's thrown off the bike, the travel, the dancing, and taken on the care of her late sister's baby, Lily. Domestic bliss has trumped wild adventure. At least - until a misdemeanour leaves her owing a crooked cop a favour (and what a favour) re-treading her old life, befriending her old boyfriend and oh, getting in with a drug cartel.
Never confounded by the intricate web of lies and deceit that lead her away from Lily, Angeline is a heroine of the new guard in this deliciously funny and razor-sharp tale.
Louisa Young was born in London and read history at Trinity College, Cambridge. She lives in London with her daughter, with whom she co-wrote the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, and is the author of eleven previous books including the bestselling novel My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Wellcome Book Prize, a Richard and Judy Book Club choice, and the first ever winner of the Galaxy Audiobook of the Year.