Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bough Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma (Chatto & Windus), was published in July 2012 and was shortlisted for eight literary prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award and Green Carnation Prize, and won Scottish First Book of the Year. Kerry’s second novel, Thirst, was developed with support from the National Lottery through an Arts Council England grant, and published by Chatto in July 2014 before being shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. Published in France as La Couleur de L’eau by Editions Philippe Rey, translated by Florence Lévy-Paolini, Thirst was the winner of prestigious literary prize, Prix Femina Etranger 2015, going on to become a bestseller in France. Her latest book Lowborn, is a highly acclaimed personal exploration of poverty in Britain today.