The Innocents
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The Innocents

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This title is shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2012. What if everything you'd ever wanted was no longer enough? Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year. But then Rachel's cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid - and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many. `Wonderful ...witty an astonishingly accomplished debut which will draw comparisons between Segal and Zadie Smith and Monica Ali`. (`Stylist`).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 321g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099569523
  • 9780099569527
  • 40,348

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Delightful. Segal's writing is wise, witty and observant. -- Kate Saunders The Times Wonderful...witty.an astonishingly accomplished debut which will draw comparisons between Segal and Zadie Smith and Monica Ali. Stylist An impressive debut...the struggle to achieve true adulthood, the loss of innocence and the consequences of adapting to a culture that levies certain expectations on its members, are all cleverly worked into a poised text -- Elizabeth Buchan Sunday Times A subtle, witty and acutely observed study of a narrow but very recognisable world. The Observer Witty and touching... An assured and audacious debut -- Michael Arditti Daily Mailshow more

About Francesca Segal

Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980. Brought up in the UK and America, she studied at St Hugh's College, Oxford, before becoming a journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in Granta, the Guardian, the Financial Times and both American and British Vogue, amongst others. For three years she wrote the Debut Fiction Column in the Observer and she has been a Features Writer at Tatler. The Innocents is her first novel.show more

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Witty and touching... An assured and audacious debutshow more

Back cover copy

What if one day you realised everything you’d ever wanted had changed – just like that? Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year. But then Rachel’s cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid – and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many. ‘Delightful… Segal’s writing is wise, witty and observant’ The Times ‘Wonderful... An astonishingly accomplished debut which will draw comparisons between Segal and Zadie Smith and Monica Ali’ Stylistshow more

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4,784 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 8% (362)
4 28% (1,350)
3 42% (2,007)
2 18% (839)
1 5% (226)
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