The Innocents

Author(s): Francesca Segal


A very modern love story which tells the age-old tale of love, temptation, confusion, commitment, and coming to terms with the choices we've made.

What if everything you'd ever wanted was no longer enough? Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year. But then Rachel's cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid - and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and he must make a choice that will break either one heart or many.


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Winner of Costa First Novel Award 2012.

2013 Women's Prize for Fiction formerly Orange Prize longlist

Delightful. Segal's writing is wise, witty and observant. - Kate Saunders The Times

Wonderful...witty, an astonishingly accomplished debut which will draw comparisons between Segal and Zadie Smith and Monica Ali. Stylist

An impressive debut...the struggle to achieve true adulthood, the loss of innocence and the consequences of adapting to a culture that levies certain expectations on its members, are all cleverly worked into a poised text - Elizabeth Buchan Sunday Times

A subtle, witty and acutely observed study of a narrow but very recognisable world. The Observer Witty and touching... An assured and audacious debut - Michael Arditti Daily Mail

Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980. Brought up in the UK and America, she studied at St Hugh's College, Oxford, before becoming a journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in Granta, the Guardian, the Financial Times and both American and British Vogue, amongst others. For three years she wrote the Debut Fiction Column in the Observer and she has been a Features Writer at Tatler. The Innocents is her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780099569527
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : November 2012
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Francesca Segal
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 448