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Meat Market

Written by Juno Dawson

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Meat Market Review

Featured Books for Young Adults Gritty Reads Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Romance / Relationship Stories

Winner of the YA Book Prize 2020

Honest and raw, this is a timely expose of the dark underbelly of the fashion industry in an era of #TimesUp and #MeToo. It might just be Juno Dawson's most important book yet.


Meat Market Synopsis

Jana Novak's history sounds like a classic model cliche: tall and gangly, she's uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she's unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom... But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn. Jana is an ordinary girl from a south London estate, lifted to unimaginable heights. But the further you rise, the more devastating your fall ... 

Meat Market Press Reviews

A gripping, personal tale of fame and misfortune - BBC Radio 2

Dawson has a gift for writing believable teenagers characters, and Meat Market is a powerful counterweight to light-hearted literature that still portrays modelling as the stuff of dreams - The Guardian

Juno Dawson slashes through the glamour of the fashion industry ... combining blockbuster appeal with piercing commentary on modelling, body image and consent - The Observer

Well-researched and hard-hitting, the novel doesn't skimp on the glamour but neither does it skirt the darker side of fashion - Financial Times

An unflinching expose of the darker side of fashion - i newspaper

A compelling story with an important - and timely - message - S Magazine (Sunday Express)

Having worked as a journalist on the fringes of the fashion industry, Dawson started to realise there were problems - namely, models were often very young, nameless and simply bodies who were not treated well by those around them. Meat Market is a gripping page-turner, an expose of the dark and often seedy side of the industry, addressing timely themes around #MeToo and #TimesUp. - The Independent

Juno Dawson is one of the hottest writers of young adult fiction and non-fiction in the UK right now - Bustle

Guaranteed to be your summer read - GLAMOUR

Engaging, enthralling...Dawson's book is heartbreaking, painful, and worth every second. . . you won't be able to put it down as you get drawn into Jana's world - Happiful magazine

Honest, raw, this timely expose is essential post-#MeToo reading - Image

Meat Market shines a probing spotlight on the fashion industry, exposing its dark underbelly with a frankness that's refreshing. Yet what makes this such a compelling and timely read is how Dawson balances the ugliness with humour and heart without being moralistic - Culturefly

It's a totally compelling and compulsive read - WRD magazine

In an era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, this is an important read - Woman's Way

Juno Dawson covers topics applicable and of interest to Young Adult readers with honesty and realism - NB Magazine

There is something incredibly genuine about this novel in its depiction of the beauty trade's ugly side. . . Dawson manages to make Jana's story feel timely and universal without ever straying into cliche - The F Word

Intoxicating - Tortoise

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ISBN: 9781786540386
Publication date: 23/05/2019
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786540386
Publication date: 23rd May 2019
Author: Juno Dawson
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Gritty Reads, Personal Social Health Economic , Romance / Relationship Stories

About Juno Dawson

Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of 12 books, including bestselling YA novels Clean, Meat Market and Wonderland and adult memoir The Gender Games. Juno has contributed to news stories concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education across the media including BBC Breakfast, BBC R4 Woman's Hour, The Guardian and ITV This Morning. She was part of the BBC's 'The Novels That Shaped Our World Festival', and was chosen by Val McDermid as one of the ten most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK today. Until recently, Juno worked as a teacher, specialising ...

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