First Novel

Nicholas Royle, First Novel (Jonathan Cape, 2012)

Times Higher Education

April 2014

Having only just finished it, I feel as though I ought to go back through it to make sure I’ve not missed a trick. This is an absorbing tale which mixes metafiction, mystery and murder. It’s certainly a gripping read, but it also arouses critical curiosity. Though I don’t usually like novels about writing novels, I was hooked by this one.