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Cold Water

by Gwendoline Riley

Cold Water Synopsis

Carmel McKisco is wry, volatile and full of longing: a twenty-year-old girl working nights in a Manchester dive bar. Cut off from her family, and from Tony, her carefree ex, she forges strange alliances with her customers, and daydreams, half-heartedly, about escaping to Cornwall. Cold Water is a poignant picaresque of barmaids and barflies; eccentric individuals all somehow tethered to their past - not least Carmel herself, who is nurturing mordant fixations on both her lost love, Tony, and her washed-up adolescent hero: a singer from Macclesfield. As she spins out the days and nights of an unrelentingly rainy winter she finds herself compelled to confront her romantic preoccupations, for better or worse.

Cold Water Press Reviews

A truly original new voice in fiction. Her bleakly poetic first novel has an atmosphere all of its own: melancholy and profound yet shot through with the urgency of life and love -- Shena Mackay Vivid and stylish and endlessly, surprisingly filled with perfect, unexpected images... a beautifully written book, utterly original and the most exciting thing to have been published this year... Fantastic * Big Issue * Cold Water is a thrilling pleasure... I don't think I've read such a good debut in years -- Alan Warner Strikingly assured... A writer of unexpected sensibilities and uncompromising originality * Guardian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099437154
Publication date: 1st May 2003
Author: Gwendoline Riley
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 160 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Gwendoline Riley

Gwendoline Riley was born in 1979 and has published three other novels: Sick Notes, Joshua Spassky, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and won the Somerset Maugham Award and, most recently, Opposed Positions.

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