Old college friends Richard and Mina meet again at a London party, four years after he abandoned his social circle to make a new life in the country with his sculptress wife, Diana.
Tentatively, then with increasing passion, they begin a long-distance romance – one which threatens both Richard's hard-won idyll, and the home and family to which Mina has devoted herself.
Accessible and forthright, Trouble is a very modern novel about relationships. Whether describing the landscape around Richard and Diana’s farm, or the pleasures and routine predicaments of adultery on his visits south, the dazzling prose of this assured debut expertly explores the hidden complexities and compulsions of contemporary lives.
Moving, honest, and often unexpectedly funny, Trouble depicts in forensic detail the destructive effect of an intense affair on two likeable and recognisable couples on the cusp of their forties.
Narrated by a slightly older and wiser Richard, the novel recalls his difficult year of living dangerously – together with the bliss, and the torment, of falling "for someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with"...
ISBN-978-1-78589-834-1 438 pages
Paperback publication date: 28th July 2017 £9.99
(Available as a Matador paperback from 28th July, and as an e-book to download from:
Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and all major ebook retailers... from 30th June)
"I loved this smart, sexy, frank and grown-up novel." (Kerri Sharp)
"Such a good read! What makes Mina actually seem dangerous to me, rather than just demanding, is her preference for slightly punitive sex...." (Louise Greenberg Books)
"Sensitive, insightful things to say about modern relationships." (Helen Garnons-Williams)
“Elegant and confident writing.” (Victoria Hobbs)
"Trouble is very accomplished. The trajectory of Richard and Mina’s affair is charted very believably." (Andrew Gordon)