Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Gwendoline Riley – First Love

September 30, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


‘A singular, devastating journey into the ungovernable reaches of the heart.’

Gwendoline Riley’s men are often selfaggrandising, pompous and misogynist. Realistic? It isn’t that she tries not to compromise, more an inability to do so. Much of the uncompromising realism in her writing has been gleaned from working in Manchester bars, walking around the city and even a keen gig-going habit (Morrissey being a favourite).

Riley is currently on top form. She was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize 2017 and has won the Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham awards. She’s that rare thing, a truly literary novelist with a highly credible, gritty, even kitchensinkish depiction of postmodern life. Her latest novel, First Love, being no exception with its devastating yet witty dialogue, narrative and characterisation.
Her work is both expansive and intricate.

A simple gesture or utterance can change everything, can either rip a person’s world apart or transform their life for the better. Her writing has been compared to Woolf, Fitzgerald and Rhys amongst others, but all such comments miss the point. Gwendoline Riley’s style is her own. ‘I fully expect the next interesting, stiletto-sharp, debut novel by a woman under thirty to be described as Riley-esque.’ Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman.

Gwendoline Riley will be in conversation with Caroline Sanderson, a non-fiction writer, editor and books journalist.


September 30, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
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