Caroline's Bikini

Author(s): Kirsty Gunn


A gin-fueled love story with one part One Day mixed with one part Zadie Smith and a splash of Ali Smith.


Included in the Guardian's "Top Ten books about unrequited love"


"Alright" I said, "I'll try..." This is how Emily Stuart opens her intricate tale of a classic love affair that becomes Caroline's Bikini a swirling cocktail of infatuation, obsession, and imagination. The moment that Emily's friend Evan Gordonstone - a successful middle-aged financier - meets Caroline Beresford - a glamorous former horsewoman, and now housewife, hostess, and landlady - there is a "PING " At least, that's how Evan describes it to Emily when he persuades her to record his story: the story of falling into unrequited love, which is as old as Western literature itself. Thus begins a hypnotic series of conversations set against the beguiling backdrop of West London's bars, fueled in intensity by endless gin and tonics and Q&As. From the depths of mid-winter to July's hot swelter, Emily's narration of Evan's passion for Caroline will take him to the brink of his own destruction.


Written in a voice so playful, so charismatic, and so thoughtfully aware of the responsibilities of fiction it can only be by Kirsty Gunn, Caroline's Bikini is a swooning portrait of courtly love - in a modern world not celebrated for its restraint and abstraction. Ready. Steady. Go


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General Fields

  • : 9780571339327
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : June 2018
  • : .945 Inches X 5.315 Inches X 8.504 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kirsty Gunn
  • : 352
  • : 823.92
  • : English
  • : Hardback