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The Heritage

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When fifteen-year-old Tilly is wrongly sent to a Young Offenders Institute - a far cry from her safe, suburban upbringing - she's desperately bored and unhappy until she meets Sadie. Now released and living in Sadie's bedsit, the pair soon throw themselves into a contented life of petty criminality. But when sinister landlady and social worker Lynda comes to take DNA swabs - purportedly for a scientific investigation into the genetic roots of criminal behavior - their teenage idyll is shattered. For a joke, Tilly swaps the two girls' samples, setting into motion a gripping story of mistaken identity and corporate malice. With its depiction of shoplifting techniques, shadowy revolutionaries, alcopops, sperm banks, genetics, adolescense and a lot of smoking, "The Heritage" is both funny and sad, grittily real yet exuberantly imagined, utterly strange and yet strangely moving.


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February 2009 : UK Paperback

Title: The Heritage
Author(s): Will Ashon
ISBN: 0-571-23103-9 / 978-0-571-23103-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: The Heritage
Author(s): Will Ashon
ISBN: 0-571-23104-7 / 978-0-571-23104-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA