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The First Time Lauren Pailing Died


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An emotional, uplifting and magical novel as seen in GUARDIAN's 'hottest debuts of 2019'

About the Author

Alyson Rudd was born in Liverpool, raised in West Lancashire and educated at the London School of Economics. She is a sports journalist at The Times and lives in South West London. She has written two works of non-fiction. The First Time Lauren Pailing Died is her first novel.


'A stylish time-slip story a la Sliding Doors' Guardian (hottest-tipped debuts of 2019)

'Written with a tender touch, it's an impressive debut' Woman's Own

'Assured an intriguing... emotionally charged' Daily Mail

'A page turner of a debut' Grazia

'Alyson Rudd explores love and loss with nuance' i newspaper

'Stylish, alluring, utterly gripping. An intricate, elegantly written time-slip tale that keeps you guessing until the last page.' Lisa O'Kelly, Observer

'[A] sweetly sad study of grief, death and loss' Irish Independent

'Stunning, moving and very clever' Mark Lawson

'Beautiful, extremely moving and expertly done, with a lightness of touch that belies the complexity behind the plotting. I loved it (and I cried several times!)' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

'Intriguing ... an impressive debut' Woman

'A mystery, a romance, a time-slip. But most of all it is a delight ... Lauren is a constant character, captivating our hearts' My Weekly

'Sliding Doors meets The Lovely Bones' The Daily Record

'A wonderful novel. The story weaves in and out of the timelines effortlessly...brilliantly paced' Katie S (Netgalley)

'A very clever book and one which I enjoyed very much' Debra F (Netgalley)

'Where the novel really succeeds is in the delineation of love and loss, of growing and diminishing, of grief and mourning. The way in which [Alyson Rudd] conveys difficult emotions through dialogue is the real highlight of this story' Sarah D (Netgalley)

'From the opening pages, the tale shimmers with grief, loss and enough period detail to lend authenticity to what is, after all, a slightly incredible (in the truest sense) story. Claims of echoes of Kate Atkinson and Maggie O'Farrell are entirely justified. Tender, evocative, affecting and utterly gorgeous' Ophelia S (Netgalley)

'Thought-provoking and beautifully written. I loved it' Sheri K (Netgalley)

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