The First Day


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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

PHIL HARRISON's first feature film, The Good Man, was released in 2012. An earlier short, Even Gods, won awards at the Belfast, Galway, and Cork Film Festivals in 2011, and was a finalist for the best short script at the 2012 Irish Screenwriting Awards. The First Day is his debut novel.


"Harrison's debut is a fully engaging, well-written, very imaginative novel . . . The early part of the novel is written in powerful poetic prose, and with the detailed analysis of emotion, the understanding of how body and mind interact, strongly reminiscent of D.H. Lawrence . . . A wonderful debut."
-- Irish Times

"Brilliantly written throughout . . . A truly excellent novel, on all counts . . . With tight, dispassionate, superbly controlled prose, Harrison channels the spirit of Don DeLillo or Camus . . . in an unflinching yet compassionate investigation of matters of the human heart and--[like] Graham Greene--the heart of the matter."
-- Irish Independent

"Written with burning intensity, this is a powerful novel about marriage, passion, anger, and guilt."
-- Daily Mail (UK)

"Hugely impressive. A finely written tale which is original, compulsive, and at times chilling."
-- Irish Examiner

"After years in the wilderness, the past decade has seen a massive upswell of literary talent emerging from Northern Ireland . . . Harrison writes well and brings Belfast and the sectarian conflict vividly to life."
-- Catholic Herald

"When you read a novel cover to cover in one day, you know it's something exceptional."
-- John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

"Terrific. The First Day is expanding and expanding all the time, like its own model universe . . . Marvelous."
-- Sebastian Barry, author of Days Without End, winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year

"Crisp, spare, lean and compelling. An auspicious debut."
-- Patrick McCabe, author of Booker short-listed The Butcher Boy