Cold water

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Jonathan Cape, 2002 - Fiction - 148 pages
9 Reviews
A memorable debut novel about a young woman finding her place in the world. Carmel McKisco, twenty years old, works nights in a Manchester dive bar. Cut off from her family and her ex-boyfriend, she forges strange alliances with her customers, and daydreams about escaping to Cornwall, her own Elysian Fields, as she spins out the days and nights of an unrelentingly rainy winter. This thrilling debut novel is full of memorable characters and is imbued with a sense of longing and raw loneliness beneath the banter and whimsy - a strangely affecting look at the way people drift into and out of each other's lives.

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User Review  - Alice Furse - Goodreads

I read this very short book in a few hours. It's very economically told, and parts of it are poetic. Carmel is an interesting and intelligent narrator and the whole thing has a cold and desolate ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Mapp - Goodreads

This is a lightweight book that can be demolished in a day, which is a good job as it could have been a chore to carry on with it if it was any longer. The book concentrates on the nocturnal world of ... Read full review


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Gwendoline Riley was born in 1979. This is her first novel.

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