Richard Milward (born 1984, Middlesbrough) is an English writer. His debut novel Apples was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. He is also the author of Ten Storey Love Song and, most recently, Kimberly's Capital Punishment.
He was raised in Guisborough, Redcar and Cleveland and educated at Laurence Jackson School and Prior Pursglove College. He studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He cites Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh as the book that made him want to write and Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan and Hunter S. Thompson as his main influences. As with fellow Teesside-raised writer Michael Smith, he wrote a column for Dazed & Confused magazine.
Milward's debut novel is an account of teenage life on a Middlesbrough housing estate. It is narrated in the first person by several characters (including a butterfly), but mainly by Adam and Eve, two school students. Adam is a shy, ungainly youth with obsessive compulsive disorder, a love of The Beatles, and a violent father. He believes himself to be in love with Eve, who is an attractive and promiscuous hard-drinker and drug user.
- Apples (2007)
- Ten Storey Love Song (2009)
- Kimberly's Capital Punishment (2012)
- Official website
- Faber author page
- Times feature 'Teenage kicks', April 28, 2007
- 3:AM Magazine interview (02/2008)
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