All Made Up, By Janice Galloway


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In her first volume of memoirs, This Is Not About Me, Galloway wrote about her pinched childhood in the Ayrshire town of Saltcoats.

In this next installment we find the 12-year old Janice about to start secondary school – rich in inspirational teachers happy to show her the "path through the dark, dark wood." Galloway's prose crackles as fiercely as her mother's brushed-nylon sheets as she recounts the physical betrayals of puberty and the abuse meted out by her older sister, Cora. A writer able to conjure up the blistering emotional life of an ever-watchful child.