Gwendoline Riley


pretty girl

>>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...!!!


>>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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