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Caroline’s Bikini

Kirsty Gunn

A gorgeously intoxicating new novel about the nature of love from the award-winning author of The Big Music.

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Caroline’s Bikini is the tale of a classic love affair; a swirling cocktail of obsession and imagination.

The moment that Evan Gordonstone – a successful middle-aged financier – meets Caroline Beresford – a glamorous housewife, hostess and landlady – he falls into unrequited love, a story as old as Western literature itself. Evan recounts the tale of his infatuation to his friend Emily, and thus begins a hypnotic series of conversations set against the backdrop of West London bars, fuelled in intensity by endless G&Ts. From the depths of midwinter to July’s hot swelter, Evan’s retelling of his passion for Caroline will take him to the brink of his own destruction.

Critic Reviews

A really superb, very readable novel. I suppose I am, you know, hopelessly in love with it.

Toby Litt, Guardian
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A clever and unusual take on the classic unrequited love story.

i newspaper
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As much about the age-old conundrum of unrequited love as it is the mystery of writing, this hypnotic book is unlike anything else out there.

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Gunn has written a blissfully anarchic and – indeed – inspiring novel about the futility of writing: a delightful paradox in itself.

Joanna Kavenna, Literary Review
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Gunn’s serious playfulness will make you think again about every convention of fiction we lazily take for granted . . . And no other novel has ever tapped so many jokes from the artisan gin craze, symbol of brash new London . . . Nothing much may happen. But the feelings – and the writing – overflows.

Financial Times
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Gunn’s playful and endearing voice makes it a joy to read. Who knew postmodernism could be this fun?


Kirsty Gunn is an internationally awarded writer who published her first novel with Faber in 1994 and since then eight works of fiction, including short stories, as well as a collection of fragments and meditations, and essays. She is Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee and lives in London and Scotland with her husband and…

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