Eviscerating, elegant, explosive... First Love resonates a power that is bittersweet and highly affecting
Francesca Wade, Financial Times
Exquisite... searing... we are also left with the stinging sense of having been loved...
Philly Malicka, Daily Telegraph
Compelling from the beginning. In precise, economic prose Riley conveys a sense of Edwyn and Neve's intimate relationship... An engrossing novel and Riley's writing shines through
Susannah Butter, Evening Standard
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Helen Grant is a mystery to her daughter. An extrovert with few friends who has sought intimacy in the wrong places; a twice-divorced mother-of-two now living alone surrounded by her memories, Helen (known to her acquaintances as ‘Hen’) has always haunted Bridget.
Now, Bridget is an academic in her forties. She sees Helen once a year, and considers the problem to be contained. As she looks back on their tumultuous relationship – the performances and small deceptions – she tries to reckon with the cruelties inflicted on both sides. But when Helen makes it clear that she wants more, it seems an old struggle will have to be replayed.
From the prize-winning author of First Love, My Phantoms is a bold, heart-stopping portrayal of a failed familial bond, which brings humour, subtlety and new life to the difficult terrain of mothers and daughters.
Gwendoline Riley on Granta.com
Fiction | Granta 154
‘I’m not sure I even thought of him as a person, really. He was more just this – phenomenon.’
Five Things Right Now | Granta 154
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Gwendoline Riley on Caspar David Friedrich, sketching and Chekhov.