Gwendoline Riley FRSL is an English writer.
Early life and education
Riley's first novel, Cold Water, was named one of the five outstanding debut novels of 2002 by The Guardian 'Weekend' magazine and also won a Betty Trask Award. Sick Notes followed in 2004 and Joshua Spassky in 2007. For Cold Water and Sick Notes, the drama unfolds in Manchester, occasionally extending to different areas of Lancashire. Joshua Spassky, however, is set in Asheville, North Carolina — the town where Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at the Highland Hospital. Joshua Spassky won the 2008 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the 2007 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her fourth novel, Opposed Positions, was published in May 2012. Her fifth, First Love, was published in February 2017 and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Gordon Burn Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
- Cold Water (novel) (2002) 
- Sick Notes (2004)
- Tuesday Nights and Wednesday Mornings: A Novella and Stories (2004)
- Joshua Spassky (2007)
- Opposed Positions (2012)
- First Love (2017)
Awards and honours
- 2002 Betty Trask Award  for Cold Water.
- 2007 shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize, for Joshua Spassky
- 2008 Somerset Maugham Award, for Joshua Spassky
- 2017 shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, for First Love.
- 2017 shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, for First Love.
- 2017 shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, for First Love.
- 2017 shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, for First Love.
- 2017 shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, for First Love.
- Biography, British Council
- "Previous Winners of Betty Trask Prize and Awards". Society of Authors. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- Flood, Alison (2018-06-28). "Royal Society of Literature admits 40 new fellows to address historical biases". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
- "Cold Water". Goodreads. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- 'Dotpod' podcast interview from run-riot.com
- Guardian interview (2007)
- 3:AM Magazine interview (2004)
- Times Literary Supplement review of Joshua Spassky, by Paul Owen
- Guardian review of Opposed Positions, by Anne Enright
- Scotsman review of Opposed Positions, by Stuart Kelly
- New York Times review of First Love, by James Lasdun