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The First Day by [Harrison, Phil]
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Terrific, it is expanding and expanding all the time, like its own model universe - I just think it is pretty marvellous (Sebastian Barry)

Set in a defamiliarised Belfast, The First Day is an auspicious debut - crisp, spare, lean and compelling (Patrick McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy)

The First Day is an age-old story of forbidden love, given fresh resonance against the backdrop of the fractured, changing but still deeply conservative society that is contemporary Northern Ireland.

Phil Harrison writes with compassion and tenderness, never veering into sentimentality, about his young Beckett scholar and the married pastor she falls in love with. He has a screenwriter's ear for the way people talk, the cadences and omissions of their speech, and in particular the speech of religious Ulster, still rooted so deeply in the language and rhythms of the King James Bible. He illuminates a people - a place - seeking to escape from itself, seeking transfiguration, but desperately bound to what has gone before

(Lucy Caldwell)

In true Belfast style, Phil Harrison has planted a flag. The First Day is not just a novel, it's a declaration, full worthy of salute (Glenn Patterson)

Written with a burning intensity, this is a powerful novel about marriage, passion, anger and guilt (Daily Mail)

Hugely impressive. A finely written tale which is original, compulsive, and at times chilling (Irish Examiner)

A wonderful debut. A fully engaging, well-written, very imaginative novel (Irish Times)

This is a truly excellent novel, on all counts . . . an unflinching yet compassionate investigation of matters of the human heart . . . [a] fine work of artistic invention (Irish Independent)

Harrison writes well and brings Belfast and the sectarian conflict vividly to life (Catholic Herald)

Gripping . . . This is a truly excellent novel, on all counts. The First Day is as well-written as any Irish novel I've read, with tight, dispassionate and superbly controlled prose (Belfast Telegraph)

Written with a burning intensity, this is a powerful novel about marriage, passion, anger and guilt. (Fanny Blake Daily Mail)

Hugely impressive. A finely written tale which is original, compulsive, and at times chilling (Sue Leonard Irish Examiner)

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An intense, questioning novel about marriage, love, family and religion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 906 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fleet (15 Jun. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N74NHIF
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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