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Summary

Set in Trinidad, and told with wry humour and irresistible wit, One Year of Ugly is a story of family, first love and finding home.

When their beloved Aunt Celia dies, Yola and her family discover she had been keeping a huge secret – she was seriously in debt to local criminal, Ugly, and they must do his bidding until the debt is cleared.

So far, so ugly.

And then Ugly’s distracting gorgeous right-hand man Román arrives on the scene, and Yola just can't help herself. Could this wildly inappropriate (and very messy) romance be the perfect antidote?

©2020 Caroline Mackenzie (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A glorious, darkly funny read that simply roars off the page." (RED Magazine)

"Deliciously dark." (Emma Jane Unsworth)

 "Funny and important." (Laura Jane Williams)

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Addictive! Hilarious and Educational

Could not stop listening! And as a fellow Trinidadian it enlightened me and brought to my attention so many things I never really thought about before. Excellent and well written. So proud of this author and that she is from my country!

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Huge ambition, totally failed to deliver

Where do I start. Unlike able characters, barren plot, frothy depiction of refuge issues, part written by a thesaurus. Just awful

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The narrator is brilliant!!

Loved the story immensely- brilliantly light and yet extremely thought provoking.

The narration elevates it in the audio form without a doubt. Excellent pacing!!