The Consequences of Love

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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.

© Gavanndra Hodge 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • Unflinchingly honestly. A beautiful book . . . everyone should read it

    The Sunday Times
  • There are scenes that will reduce you to tears, but there’s also humour, forgiveness and uplifting optimism […] by the end of this dazzling debut you just want to give her a huge cheer for coming through

    Evening Standard
  • Wise and moving . . . this memoir is an acknowledgment that love demands a price

  • By turns painful and joyful, this beautiful book has plenty of poignant lessons to teach us about grief and love

  • Gavanndra writes beautifully, her words are unsentimental but very lyrical […] I loved this book and my tears fell into the bath as I read it

    author of The Sunday Times Bestselling memoir My Wild and Sleepless Nights
  • A devastating, heart-breaking and magnificent meditation on the function of memory. It will stay with me forever, so beautifully written

    Daisy Buchanan, author of The Sisterhood

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