First Love

Author(s): Gwendoline Riley

Novel | 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist | Goldsmiths Prize 2017

Neve is a writer in her mid-30s married to an older man, Edwyn. For now they are in a place of relative peace, but their past battles have left scars. As Neve recalls the decisions that led her to this marriage, she tells of other loves and other debts, from her bullying father and her self-involved mother to a musician who played her and a series of lonely flights from place to place. Drawing the reader into the battleground of her relationship, Neve spins a story of helplessness and hostility, an ongoing conflict in which both husband and wife have played a part. But is this, nonetheless, also a story of love?


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From the celebrated author of Cold Water and Joshua Spassky comes a tightly-wound, razor-sharp novel that questions our competing desires for intimacy and for freedom


Baileys Shortlist 2017

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction- Shortlist 2017

GWENDOLINE RILEY was born in London in 1979. She is the author of the novels Cold Water, Sick Notes, Joshua Spassky and Opposed Positions. Her writing has won a Betty Trask Award and a Somerset Maugham Award, and has been shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

General Fields

  • : 9781783783182
  • : Granta Books
  • : Granta Books
  • : October 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 10mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gwendoline Riley
  • : Hardback
  • : 217
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : 176