A Very Nice Girl

Imogen Crimp


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
9 February 2023
ISBN: 9781526628916
352 pages

From the publisher


'Tender, devastating, witty. And deeply true. Sweetbitter meets Normal People' MEG MASON, author of SORROW AND BLISS
'Haunting and bleakly compelling ... A writer of promise' SUNDAY TIMES
'An absorbing debut about sex and power' GUARDIAN
'Elegant and witty ... A precursor to great things' THE TIMES
'One of the buzziest debut novels this spring' VOGUE

Anna is struggling to afford life in London as she trains to be a singer. During the day, she vies to succeed against her course mates with their discreet but inexhaustible streams of cultural capital and money, and in the evening she sings jazz at a bar in the City to make ends meet.

Here she meets Max, a financier fourteen years older than her. Over the course of one winter, Anna's intoxication oscillates between her hard-won moments on stage, where she can zip herself into the skin of her characters, and nights spent with Max in his glass-walled flat overlooking the city.

But Anna's fledgling career demands her undivided attention, and increasingly – whether he necessarily wills it or not – so does Max…

'Elegant and witty ... A precursor to great things' THE TIMES
'A beautifully written examination of the psychology of sex, power, ambition and love' DAILY MAIL