Peter Robinson’s September in the Rain: A Novel is published today, the first of September 2016.
For the two young people found out in the rain one September night nothing can ever be the same again… Together through university, Mary and Richard have long planned their journey to Italy. But in the months leading up to it, Richard begins what she will call ‘a brief affair’ with Alice. Then a series of small decisions leads to disaster. In delicately evocative prose, Peter Robinson carefully, painfully, and beautifully depicts these relationships before and after the traumatic events at the heart of his first novel.
September in the Rain is vivid narrative of young love in difficulties, its choices and dilemmas, responsibilities and distances, the consequences of guilty feelings and violent transformations.
‘A beautiful novel: profoundly upsetting, as its subject matter requires, but one which also offers a kind of redemption, thanks to the tone of rueful, quizzical honesty in which Peter Robinson narrates. The patient beauties of his poetry are carried over seamlessly into this, his first work of fiction’—Jonathan Coe
‘September in the Rain is a novel of extraordinary beauty and courage. It takes on a difficult and complex subject and explores it with sensitivity, wit and humanity. Peter Robinson is a writer of great panache and wisdom. I defy anyone not to be moved by his story’—Paula Byrne
‘To call this story a trauma narrative is to do it a disservice. It is a dark and tender tale of violation, but also more than that. As much as anything it’s a triumph of style, its sentences being assayed with a poet’s feeling for the weight of each word’—Giles Foden
Read about what Ian Brinton calls ‘this stunningly moving novel’ on the Tears in the Fence blog for 29 August: https://tearsinthefence.com/blog/
September in the Rain is available through all good bookshops and online here:
Four launch events for it have been planned:
1 September 6:30 pm Lutyens & Rubenstein Bookshop, 21 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU
8 September 7:30 pm Albion Beatnik Bookstone, 34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA
10 September 5:00 pm Waterstones 89 Broad Street, Reading RG1 2AP
25 October 6:30 pm Heffers Bookshop 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY