Apples by Richard Milward is a shocking, tender and funny debut novel from a twenty-one year old, telling the story of housing estate teens Adam and Eve.
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As a distraction from sleazy male admirers, spiteful classmates and her mother’s cancer, Eve’s eyes are opened to a multicolour life of one-night stands, drug-fuelled discos and cheap plonk. She barely has time to notice Adam. Adam, however, notices Eve. While contending with sexual frustration, a violent father and increasingly compulsive behaviour, is he too busy reading Razzle in the attic to make his move? Narrated alternately by Adam and Eve, alongside a cast of delinquents, perverts and butterflies, Apples is an exploration of the difficulties of growing up and of getting ‘fucked as quick as you can’.
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