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Trading Tatiana

Debi Alper

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Sparkling, fast-paced and blackly comic, Trading Tatiana is the story of an utterly loveable - if somewhat unlikely - good Samaritan, and her adventures through the seedier side of London. From the author of 'Nirvana Bites'.

Jo Cooper leads an uneventful life, selling jewellery on a Greenwich market stall, babysitting her neighbours' kids, and trying not to pay too much attention to the noises made by the S&M devotees who live next door. Home for Jo is a top floor flat in the Old Kent Road council block, Boddington Heights. An ex-drug-addict herself, she has a penchant for rescuing people: waifs and strays, a Ukranian refugee whose cause she champions and the man in buttock-less leather trousers she finds chained to the roof of her building But Jo's white-knight tendencies land her in trouble when a day-trip to Brighton ends with her helping a frightened girl to escape from some Russian thugs. The mysterious woman overturns Jo's life, plunging her into the world of illegal immigration and prostitution, where human lives are ruthlessly traded, and violence and distrust are rife. But just who exactly is it that Jo has saved? Is she Irena, a circus performer with the Flying Poliakovs, or Tatiana, a teenage prostitute, betrayed by her brother and on the run from a dangerous gang? Either way, her arrival in Boddington Heights means that Jo's life will never be the same again.

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Praise for Trading Tatiana

  • A blackly comic thriller where a London market trader finds herself plunged into the world of illegal immigration and teenage prostitution. -

  • Sparkling, fast paced and blackly comic. -

  • unorthodox mix of comedy, kitchen-sink drama and dark thriller...Alper...move[s] the narrative seamlessly from the comic opportunities sexual perversion provides, to the darker, violent side of prostitution and sexual slavery. - HERALD (5.2.05) - Martin Tierney

  • Alper has a gift for voices... She understands suspense, too. The pace is fast; as Jo gets further and further embroiled into what is patently a very dangerous situation, the tension increases, new characters get involved and the plot, as the cliche goes, thickens very satisfactorily. - SHOTSMAG.CO.UK (February 2005)

  • her voice is fresh and bright and laced with a darkly delicious anarchic sense of humour. - CHATSHOW.NET (February 2005) - Roz Clarke

  • pacey, funny, heart-warming...This is about the grim existence of desperate people clinging on at the brink, yet told with great humour and love. It is brilliantly written with all the underlying tensions of a terrific page-turner. Get out there, buy it, and read it. - MORNING STAR (21.2.05) - Gwyn Griffiths

  • Trading Tatianais a rapidly-moving novel that blends black comedy, soft politics and an array of well-developed characters to fo

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Debi Alper

Debi Alper lives in South London with her young family. She is a finance officer at London Advice Services Alliance and a part-time wedding photographer. Trading Tatiana is her second novel.