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Richard Milward

‘Funny, tragic and transcendent. If you were ever a teenager, read it.’ Lauren Laverne

Catcher in the Rye meets the Arctic Monkeys.’ Hannah Betts, Times Magazine

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Out of the bleakness of their Middlesbrough housing estate, fuelled by cheap plonk, porn and dysfunctional families, Adam and Eve narrate this dazzling, tragicomic love story of adolescence in all its fucked-up glory.

‘[An] unbelievably good, affecting, unpretentious debut novel . . . more than anything, Apples feels truthful: whether the drugs, the sex, the boozing or the brutal insecurities of adolescence, it all smacks beautifully of the real thing.’ Jon Elek, Time Out

‘Wonderful . . . Apples is unlike any other novel I’ve read. Who knows? We may have discovered our J.D. Salinger early.’ John Sutherland, Financial Times

‘Crass, graphic, funny and unnerving . . . Well constructed and streaming with gorgeous language, it’s a frighteningly recognisable glimpse into a particular experience of adolescence.’ Catherine Taylor, Guardian

‘A retelling of Paradise Lost set on a Middlesbrough housing estate, Apples is . . . experimental, fearless, funny and frightening.’ Sarah Hughes, Observer

‘Electrifying.’ Melissa Katsoulis, The Times


Richard Milward was born in Middlesbrough in 1984, where he now lives and works. His debut, Apples, was published in 2007, and his second novel,Ten Storey Love Song, in 2009, both to huge critical acclaim. He graduated from Byam Shaw at Central St Martins in 2008 with a Fine Art degree, and is currently working on his next novel.

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