Gwendoline Riley was born in London and grew up on the Wirral. She studied English at Manchester Metropolitan University, and became literary editor of the magazine City Life.
She is the author of Cold Water (2002) which won a 2002 Betty Trask Award and was named one of five outstanding debut novels of 2002 by the Guardian Weekend magazine, Sick Notes (2004) and Joshua Spassky (2007) which won the 2008 Somerset Maugham Award. She also writes short stories. Her most recent novel, Opposed Positions, was published in 2012.
Gwendoline lives in Manchester.
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