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Discover the highly anticipated, remarkable and fearless, The Consequences of Love, brought to you by Penguin.

Seven-year-old Gavanndra Hodge's life is a precarious place. Her father is a hairdresser and drug dealer to Chelsea's most decadent inhabitants; her mother an alcoholic ex-model. So, it is up to Gavanndra to keep her little sister Candy safe.

But when Candy dies suddenly on holiday aged nine, Gavanndra's family, already so fragile and damaged, implodes.

Now a mother herself, and with only memories of Candy's awful final moments, Gavanndra embarks on a journey to write her way back to the little girl whose death tore her family apart.

The Consequences of Love is a story of loss and recovery, trauma and memory. It is a joyous and compelling account of the strength of the love between sisters and how nothing is ever truly lost if we are brave enough to return to where we began.

©2020 Gavanndra Hodge (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Engaging memoir

I did enjoy this memoir. It was a very well-written account of an eye-popping adolescence. Hodge’s charismatic father was a drug addict, drug dealer, celebrity hairdresser and philanderer with a penchant for schoolgirls.

Hodge’s deep affection for her father in spite of his many flaws, is touching. The passages about the death of her nine year old sister are tragic but also raise more questions than they answer. The author is at pains to stress her sister was struck down by an airborne virus but most readers will wonder about parental lassitude.

The author is a patchy narrator - often great but then she slows down for no reason and stressed odd words a la Robert Peston who by strange coincidence has written a rave review blurb about the book!

The unsung hero of the book is Hodge’s mother. She doesn’t feature that much but surely without her devoted care, Hodge wouldn’t have got into Cambridge and become such a talented writer.




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Intimate but entertaining

Completely riveting and entertaining, but also SO beautifully written. I gulped it down - wished I’d paced myself as now feel bereft. Brilliant.‬

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Fascinating story of family life and loss

Really enjoyed listening to this story of a chaotic upbringing and the circumstances that surrounded it. The narrator is the author and comes across as genuine and sincere. The story of her relationships with her larger than life father and the loss of her younger sister is fascinating. The story jumps between the events of her growing up and recent times where she tries to comes to terms with her childhood and the loss of her sister. A very moving account with a happy ending

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slow burner but worth it

I was recommended this so signed up for it . not my usual style (I'm a Lee Child/John Grisham fan) and it's read by the author which is usually a negative for me...BUT...after a slow start it was a really interesting and addictive read. at different times you feel admiration, anger, sympathy and frustration with the different characters (and all real) and the book is written without the 'poor me' theme that could have permeated. Reading this is an opportunity to see how supposedly sane and successful people are not leading the privileged and happy life we all see in the glossy magazines and the long term effect all of our behaviour has on others. this isn't a therapy book but an interesting and captivating read which made me feel so very grateful for the 'normal' life I have been lucky enough to experience!

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The price of privilege

Gavanndra clearly had a terrifying childhood owing to the unreliability and addiction of her father. The death of her sister splintered the family. She writes interestingly about grief and memory.
I greatly enjoyed the book but had a couple of issues with it. Firstly, the writer seems remarkably unaware of her privileged education at a very smart private school, which appears to have been an underrated support to her through the rough years. Secondly, she does not seem to give enough credit to her mother for years of emotional and practical support, babysitting, etc. Treasure your mother, Gavanndra!

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Beautiful, honest and poignant

Undoubtedly the finest biography I’ve encountered since the wonderful Motherwell by Deborah Orr- if you enjoyed that one, I believe you will take to this too.

Listening to, rather than reading allowed me to hear the authors voice and better experience the emotions her often traumatic recollections inspire. It’s told with such honesty and at times dark humour that it is never less than palatable.

Can’t recommend highly enough.

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Superb, one of the best audio books

The author literally lays herself bare in this ‘coming of age’ type autobiography. I laughed, I cried, I gasped. I felt sympathy, frustration, shock, horror, joy and anger.

What a beautiful book. A reminder that not every family is perfect but nevertheless it is possible to live to tell the tale.

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It is an outstanding story

It is a wonder that Gavanndra survived to write it. I am glad that she did.

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Courageous and fascinating

Gavanndra Hodge shows huge courage in his account of her difficult and at times tragic childhood. A beautifully written book.

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Difficult listen at times but a fascinating story

The sense of loss is heartbreaking throughout our the book. It is a lovely story of acceptance and, to some extent, redemption. On a personal level, I had a very misspent youth in London too so some parts were....really very evocative for me, shall we say....!


When I first started this book, I wasn’t sure if I could cope with Gavanndra’s precise and factual speaking style. It felt slightly schoolmarmish.....but it really fitted well with the discursive and rational text. Hearing her voice actually adds another depth to the story and made so much more personal. Thanks Gavanndra.