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Underbelly: The instant Sunday Times bestseller from Mother Pukka the unmissable, gripping and electrifying fiction debut of 2021

Anna Whitehouse

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The explosive, fresh and utterly compulsive women's fiction debut from Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka, writing as Anna Whitehouse. Perfect for fans of So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

'Darkly voyeuristic but with heart - as funny as it is painful and true. We loved it' GRAZIA

'I don't think I've ever turned the pages of a book so quickly. So sharp, so tender... truly excellent storytelling' DAISY BUCHANAN
'Entertaining and playful but with huge depth, meaning and heart. I raced through it' EMMA GANNON

'Thrilling, exhilarating, devastating. A must-read' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS

'Engrossing, fantastically written and painfully real. I laughed, sobbed and got the chills' JESSICA RYN

[n.] singular

The soft underside or abdomen of a mammal.
An area vulnerable to attack.
A dark, hidden part of society.

Lo and Dylan are living parallel lives, worlds apart.

Lo is the ultimate middle-class mother, all perfectly polished Instagram posts and armchair activism.

Dylan is just about surviving on a zero-hours telemarketing job from her flat, trying to keep food on the table.

But when they meet at the school gates, they are catapulted into each other's homes and lives - with devastating consequences . . .

Explosive, sharply humorous and unflinchingly honest, Underbelly slices through the filtered surface of modern women's lives to expose the dark truth beneath.

Coming August 2021!

Praise for Anna Whitehouse:

'Painful and funny - and painfully funny' Emma Freud

'Thank God there is none of that smug, married-couple twattery in this book. I loved it' Jane Garvey

'Fantastically unsmug' Woman's Hour

'This book is a hoot - hilarious and heartfelt' Emma Gannon

'Snort-tea-through-nose funny' Cherry Healey

'This book left me laughing so very hard and equally blubbing with tears' Jools Oliver

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Anna Whitehouse

Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson are a husband and wife writing team and the co-authors of Sunday Times bestsellers Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life and Where's My Happy Ending?. They are journalists and co-founders of the website Mother Pukka and the campaigners behind the Flex Appeal movement (flexible working for all), recently addressed in parliament. Anna also presents a weekly radio show on Heart FM.

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