When she leaves home in New York to go to college in Boston in the 1970s, Michele Kirsch - an anxious 19-year-old, with a growing valium dependency - starts taking on cleaning jobs to help make ends meet. It gives her a window on life she hopes to live. And yet as a wife and mother in 1980's London, she is necking vodka and valium and making an almighty mess of her home and family. Cleaning other people's houses, eventually, is the only option left.

Clean: A remarkable walk along the cliff edge of life *2020 winner of the Christ

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