The Queen of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadin – Review by Liza from books.books.books
The story begins as Edie Jones is lying in hospital and her daughter, Dido, is telling her mother the story of their lives. Each chapter is named after a book or song title and begins in 1976 working its way to the present.
Dido is 6 years and 27 days old when she falls in love. Dido and her mother, Edie, have just moved from a London squat to a suburban home in Essex which Edie has inherited from her aunt.
Dido climbs a tree at the bottom of her garden and spies the two next door neighbour children, Tom and Harry, playing in a splash pool in the middle of a heat wave. Tom and Harry and their parents and their perfect house, are everything she has wished for her in young life – normal. Dido just wants to be a ‘normal’ girl with a ‘normal’ mother but Edie is anything but normal.
Edie is a free spirit who drinks, smokes, paints, has affairs, and sends Dido to school with hummus on her bread.
It’s a charmingly told story and you as the reader are drawn into the little girl’s story. Dido goes from being a young innocent girl who swears like a trouper, into a troubled and sensitive teenager who devours books, and into her rebellious twenties and thirties. Loved it!