>>By mjk (Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003 18:00)
pretty girls make graves. meanwhile, this writer is one of the best, hope she writes more.
>>By adswood dog (Tuesday, 1 Jul 2003 17:19)
I hope she'll write another book soon. And i'll hope it will be translated in italian
>>By Carlo (Friday, 4 Jul 2003 23:29)
perhaps she'll write her next one in italian, I'd rather she did that than have to read someone else's work, or better still, I might learn how to read and write in english. She is a cool lady though and I wonder if she's married yet?
>>By otto (Monday, 7 Jul 2003 17:51)
I don't think she's married although I saw her do a reading last year and she seemed to be with someone and they looked in love. I'm glad because in Cold Water everyone seems so unhappy.
>>By gemma (Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003 20:46)
From the indapensent newspaper:
" It's so easy to fall into the trap of castigating women writers for a lack of charm or mild disagreeableness that would go unremarked in a man. When I met Gwendoline Riley, I thought: "Wow! what a sourpuss!" The permanently pouting Ms Riley might not be the warmest individual I've ever met, but she is a significant talent. "
I me her at a reading up in scotland, she didn't look in love or a sourpuss, but she was astoundingly drunk for 2 in the afternoon. Full marks.
>>By dirtyhands (Sunday, 4 Jan 2004 20:12)
i recently read cold water. it's a top book.
i have to agree, she is a bit of a grumps (well on any photos you ever see of her anyway!), but she writes well, so that's enough for me.
astoundingly drunk at 2 in the afternooon - gold star for that one, ms riley!!
>>By lualabear (Thursday, 8 Apr 2004 17:48)
I think she is a very promising talent, but as yet, she hasn't really written anything astounding. Her first two books seem very autobiographical and while that is, in some sense, inevitable, I think she needs to break free of having a protaganist who is seemingly so similar to herself.
What she does have is a remarkable talent for a turn of phrase, especially concerning the weather. I suppose living in Manchester however, you need to have many ways of describing the endless different types of rain!
I have heard that she said that her third novel will be 'a proper book' or at least she said something to that effect, so I am eagerly awaiting it.
As for being drunk at two in the afternoon, I'll drink to that! (Even if, at nearly 4pm, I have left it late)
>>By dirtyteena (Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 16:45)
I am reading her second book (Sick Notes) at the moment. Like her first, it appears to be very autobiographical; it is set in Manchester, with a protaganist who has just finished her first book...
It does seem to have more of a plot than than 'Cold Water' though. I am enjoying it, as I did with the first, for many of the same reasons. She has a sharp eye for usual detail, the ability to make the mundane seem beautiful, and that is a true talent. It will be interesting to see what her 'proper book' turns up.
I, too, am waiting expectantly Ms Riley...!!! ...lol..
>>By lualabear (Tuesday, 20 Jul 2004 12:45)
Drunk at 2pm, drunk at 2am, I've met this lady twice, and she was drunk once sober once. Big news!
>>By Jennie_G (Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 11:30)
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