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26 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #101

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books That Feature Working Class Characters.


This was incredibly hard, because books with working class characters just don't really exist. So I've had to tap out early and only managed to list eight books.
  • Darkmere by Helen Maslin - Read my Review
    This book brings into stark relief the differences between Have and Have Not. The protagonist gets swept away in the privileged world of her rich classmates. Darkmere is one of my all time favourite books.
  • Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery - Read my Review
    This one viciously attacks the privilege of the wealthy and the power they hold with a terrifying concept - and I love it.
  • Wing Jones by Katherine Webber - Read my Review
    This book is INSPIRING. It is beautifully written and explores a family trying to keep it together in the worst of circumstances.
  • Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James - Read my Review
    Sammy Jo is hard to like, but I still love her. She fights for herself, her right to be seen and judged on her merits rather than her culture. 
  • All The Good Things by Clare Fisher - Read my Review
    How can one person be failed by the system to such an extent? All The Good Things is a heart-breaking read.
  • The Fallen Children by David Owen - Read my Review
    This book may be weird, but it portrays life in a high-rise excellently. Even with aliens, the complexities of family life and living on the breadline were outstanding.
  • Salvage by Keren David - Read my Review
    Two children from the same place and circumstanced, brought up in two very different ways. Salvage is hard-hitting and challenging.
  • Possessing Rayne by Kate Cann - Read my Review
    This is one of those books I have read countless times. I love Rayne's determination, how she wants to break away from the estate where she was raised.

Can you help me add to my list? 
Hit me up with recommendations!


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  2. All of the *brilliant* Alex Wheatle's books feature working class estate kids.
    Orange Boy, by Partice Lawrence
    Smart, by Kim Slater (mum works at the local shop)
    Joe All Alone, by Joanna Nadin (bit of an evil stepfather vibe though)
    The Secrets of Billie Bright, by Suzie Day (dad runs a cafe and they live above it)

    1. Thank you!
      I don't know how I could have possibly missed Orange Boy, it's excellent.

  3. I haven't read any of these, but Darkmere has piqued my curiosity! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday Post.

  4. Blimey I haven't read a Top Ten Tuesday post in ages! I haven't read any of these but I'm gonna have a nosey on Goodreads at some (: xx

  5. The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan features working class characters,and I'd probably say Ally's family in Ally's World by Karen McCombie are too. Amy x
    This is my TTT:


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