Gwendoline Riley Wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

We are delighted that Gwendoline Riley has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for fiction 2017, for her novel First Love (Granta).

Lorien Kite, one of the judges, said “There were a number of very good books in the submissions but in the end we felt we had a clear winner with Gwendoline Riley’s First Love, a novel that stood out because of its precision and originality of language, the quality of its analysis and the author’s exquisite control of her material.”

The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize was set up in memory of the founder and first chairman of Faber, Geoffrey Faber, and is awarded to poetry and prose in alternate years, to a writer aged 40 or under. Previous winners include Seamus Heaney, Julian Barnes and Eimear McBride.

(Agent for Gwendoline Riley: Zoë Waldie)