Riley’s novel about a poisonous partnership makes uncomfortable reading, but it’s also bleakly, blackly funny.
An exquisite closeup of a toxic marriage interrogates the ephemeral nature of everyday existence.
Gwendoline Riley teases out some painfully funny episodes in the domestic life of a struggling thirtysomething writer.
Riley once described her writing as “picking at scabs and lying awake”. In this, her fifth novel, the visceral discomfort is deeply compelling.
First Love, much like its narrator, Neve, is caustic, unsparing, occasionally funny and always perceptive.
At the heart of Gwendoline Riley’s short, dark, funny novel is a marriage in which bullying self-pity and perplexed self-abasement collide in a series of savage little jousts th