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Kate Rigby

Kate Rigby

Biography

Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for decades. She has been traditionally published, small press published and indie published.

She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhipwas first published in 2010 and has since been updated.

However she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circuswas published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s magazines.

Thalidomide Kidwas published by Bewrite Books (2007).

Her novel Savage To Savvywas an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Quarter-Finalist in 2012.  Three of her novels have received an Awesome Indies Badge of Approval.

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workersand Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories, in an erotic anthology published by Pfoxmoor Publishing and more recently in an anthology of Awkward Sexcapades by Beating Windward Press 2018 (all proceeds went to Planned Parenthood).

A shortened version of her blog as a tribute to David Bowie after his death was included in the book: David Bowie I Was There (Red Planet Books 2017) 

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played(now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).

She has re-Kindled her backlist and is gradually getting her titles (back) into paperback

More information can be found at her website:

 http://kjrbooks.yolasite.com/

 Or her blog:

 http://bubbitybooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Books

Break Point

Kate Rigby

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It's the start of the 1999 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Break Point is not only about an obsession with Wimbledon: the game of tennis itself becomes a metaphor for the other psychological matches taking place at the house of peevish old Gwen McMahon. Carers come and go, but who will survive to the final?

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Thalidomide Kid

Kate Rigby

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Daryl Wainwright is the quirky youngest child of a large family of petty thieves and criminals who calls himself 'Thalidomide Kid'.

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She Looks Pale

Kate Rigby

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The title is taken from a schoolgirl levitation ritual, practised by the mother of narrator Hannah. As a result of Meningitis at the age of six, Hannah nearly dies leading her parents to become obsessively over-protective. Her parents gradually dispose of all methods of modern communication and take Hannah out of school until one day, tortured by the evils of the world, her father 'disappears' during the Lord's Prayer one mealtime. Hannah's mother continues the self-imposed isolation. Confined in the house, Hannah's only contact with the world is either through the window or through her mother's past.

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Down The Tubes

Kate Rigby

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A hard-hitting novel based on the author's experience of working in the field of addictions.

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Fall Of The Flamingo Circus: Diary Of A Punk

Kate Rigby

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"Fall Of The Flamingo Circus is the story of a strong and independent girl's childhood and adolescence, her desperate battle to make something of the fearful hand dealt to her. Through her eyes we see the realities of poverty in England - hunger and junk food, boredom and noise at home, snobbery and notoriety at school - and the fear of a brutal father…over the years we watch Lauren's voice grow in power and imagination, as her life - a rebel, a punk, admired by her gang but rejected and victimised by men - bursts out of its sad confines…but Lauren is always alone with her restless and furious self: she alone will discover the pain and loneliness of being different, crazy, colourful in an England turned grey, obedient and satisfied." Back cover blurb, paperback, published 1990

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Little Guide To Unhip

Kate Rigby

£2.99

Have you ever worried about not being quite hip enough? Or maybe you are one of those who flaunts your unhipness with abandon. Either way, Little Guide to Unhip is for you. Although it charts my own personal unhip top 50 with the likes of Gilbert O'Sullivan, Morris Dancing, Vicar of Dibley, Shopping Trolleys and Brollies, I picked those characters, characteristics, attributes or material objects with a universally unhip feeling to them. Each is given an unhip rating up to five for you to keep a count of your own and includes personal anecdotes. There is also a 'bubbling under' list for a further those unhips things not quite making the top 50.

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Savage To Savvy

Kate Rigby

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Psychology graduate, Heidi Harper is appointed to work with Professor Mala, pioneer of a new project to rehabilitate dog-reared feral child, Nicki. Heidi is soon asking questions and her mission takes on sinister overtones. As the truth outs, the lives of all concerned begin to unravel. Savage To Savvy is a psychological novel.

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The Dead Club

Kate Rigby

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An edgy, contemporary tale about death and suicide and its effects on two families. Death is a fact of life for the principle characters and especially for Marina Reed who wishes to join her loved ones at 'the dead club', a place she and her sixth form friends obsessed about in their youth. Ultimately her mortido becomes more urgent until it takes her to the edge. The novel is in fact very much about edges: where the ultimate edge is between life and death.

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Seaview Terrace

Kate Rigby

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Maxine lives in Number 7, the peeling Jewish house, where she has to stand on cushions to change light bulbs because she doesn't know anyone well enough to ask for the use of their stepladder. She is also trapped in an unsatisfactory relationship with her misanthropist boyfriend Warren who "sits there baiting or attacking people in the road" and is indiscriminate with his prejudices. She is longing for a summer of excitement and change.

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Tales By Kindlelight

Kate Rigby

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This bittersweet collection reflects themes for our time, be it the angst of reaching fifty and a life not quite fully realized or the sexual assuredness of the younger generation in 'A Generation Thing'. Sexual experimentation is explored in 'Heads or Tails' where a woman agrees to share herself between two best friends, drawing up her own boundaries so that one has her top half, the other her bottom half, while emerging sexuality is explored in 'Coats' where a couple of pre-pubescent children learn about adulthood and sexuality from beneath a pile of coats at a nineteen-seventies party. In other stories, patterns of behaviour across generations or within a lifetime are explored as in 'Family Tradition' where the main character returns home to break the bad habit of several lifetimes. In 'Cutting Edge' the sharpness of a pair of scissors is used to reflect stages in the main character's life as she passes from childhood into adulthood where the scissors take on a sinister edge, while in 'To The Wire' a man's life is viewed as a football game, together with post-life commentary. Other stories explore life from unusual viewpoints: as in 'Boo' and 'Big Mother' while others still have voices of a generation as in 'Our Marie' and 'The Colour Of Flesh'. Whatever your inclination, Tales by Kindlelight has something for you.

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