What Red Was (Hardback)
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What Red Was (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 09/05/2019
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When Kate is inveigled into the wealthy Rippon family she trades her natural shyness for a life of high society and old world glamour. But when she is raped at a lavish party at the family home the subsequent trauma brings issues of guilt, shame and identity to the fore. A devastating, and devastatingly authentic, book about sexual assault and the taboos and presumptions that still surround it, What Red Was is raw, powerful fiction at its very best.

'Kate Quaile,' he said. 'I like your name.' Kate frowned. 'How do you know my name?' 

Through their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. For him, she breaks her solitude; for her, he leaves his busy circles behind.

But loving Max means knowing his family, the wealthy Rippons, all generosity, social ease and quiet repression. Theirs is not Kate's world. At their London home, just after graduation, her life is shattered apart in a bedroom while a party goes on downstairs.

What Red Was explores the effects of trauma on mind and body, the tyrannies of memory, the sacrifices involved in staying silent, the courage of a young woman in speaking out. And when Kate does, this question: whose story is it now? 

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787301382
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Subversive and sophisticated... [Rosie Price's] exploration of sexual violence and class makes for an unforgettable read.' - Elle, Books to Look Out for in 2019

'An incredibly nuanced exploration of the complexities of sexual violence, WHAT RED WAS heralds the arrival of a major new literary talent. This is an important book.' - Louise O'Neill, author of Asking For It and Almost Love

'What Red Was is a gripping novel that shines an unflinching light on trauma and its prismatic impact. A deeply necessary book, elegant and assured even as it burns at the centre with cool, clear-eyed rage.' - Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

'[A] conversation-starting novel about love, violence and toxicity from [a] subversive new voice.' - Evening Standard

'A confident and provocative debut.' - John Boyne, The Times

'I think this is the best debut fiction I've ever read... I'm still in awe of it, I think about it all the time. If you like David Nicholls, Tessa Hadley, Elizabeth Day, Meg Wolitzer, Donna Tartt, then pre-order this book. It's exceptional.' - Pandora Sykes, The High Low (12 Dec 2018)

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“Powerful”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy that I picked up at the Vintage Event in Newcastle last month.
I had the pleasure of hearing Rosie speak & read from this novel, which she kindly signed and... More

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“Adds to the #Metoo movement”

The start of this book reminded me of Brideshead Revisited. Kate Quaile starts university and makes friends with the charismatic Max who comes from a wealthy family background (for Brideshead read Bisley ). Like... More

Hardback edition
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“Hard and brutal”

Kate and Max have the closest of platonic friendships; inseparable, Kate accompanies Max to his family home where a terrible violation by one of his cousins alters her life forever.

A graphic story of friendship,... More

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