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The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  

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Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2016.

Cheryl (40-ish) works for a small family concern, Open Palm, which produces fitness programmes based on self-defence. She suffers from ‘globus hystericus’ with her throat becoming very tight when under stress. She has a huge crush on Phillip (65) one of the company’s sponsors, only he fancies a 16-year old. Cheryl takes her boss’s 20-year old daughter in while her parents are away and a very strange relationship evolves. Full of explicit sexual fantasies and some pretty inventive situations bordering on depravity, this is a hypnotic tale.

~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The First Bad Man by Miranda July

This is The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. A Guardian literary highlight for 2015. A Huffington Post 'One to Watch' in 2015. Astounding. (Lena Dunham, creator of Girls and author of Not That Kind of Girl). The First Bad Man brings together all of July's talents - it's a book that must be read, a book that must be purchased - in duplicate - one for you, one for a friend. Don't think you can loan this book - you'll never get it back. (A M Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and May We Be Forgiven). The first novel by the filmmaker, artist and bestselling author Miranda July confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time. The First Bad Man is dazzling and unforgettable.

Reviews

'The novel exploded my expectations and became unlike anything I've ever read ... hilarious ... A wry, smart companion on any day. It's warm, it has a heartbeat and a pulse. This is a book that is painfully alive' The New York Times Book Review

'Astounding ... she will make you laugh, cringe and recognise yourself in a woman you never planned to be ... Never has a novel spoken so deeply to my sexuality, my spirituality, my secret self. I know I am not alone' -- LENA DUNHAM

'I am in awe of Miranda July ... The First Bad Man brings together all of July's talents - it's a book that must be read, a book that must be purchased - in duplicate - one for you, one for a friend. Don't think you can loan this book - you'll never get it back' -- A. M. HOMES author of THIS BOOK WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE and MAY WE BE FORGIVEN

'Miranda July's heroine in this unforgettable novel is one of the most original, most confounding and strangely sympathetic characters ... This novel is almost impossible to put down, and confirms July as a novelist of the first order' -- DAVE EGGERS

'July's storytelling skills crackle to life' New York Times

About the Author

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist and writer. Her collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's and The New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know - winner of the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. July's participatory art includes the website Learning to Love You More (with artist Harrell Fletcher), Eleven Heavy Things (a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale), New Society (a performance), and Somebody (a messaging app.) Raised in Berkeley, California, July lives in Los Angeles. www.mirandajuly.com Follow @Miranda_July on Twitter

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd July 2015

Author

Miranda July

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781782115076

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