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The First Day

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Outside an east Belfast mission hall, pastor and family man Samuel Orr meets Anna, a young Beckett scholar. They embark on an intense love affair, their connection fuelled by their respective passions. When Anna falls pregnant, the affair is revealed. The repercussions are slow to emerge but inescapable, and the fallout is shocking, cruel and violent.

More than thirty years later Sam, their son, is in New York, living a steady, guarded life, his childhood and family safely abandoned.

But the sins of the fathers are not to be so easily buried; the past crashes inevitably into the present, and Sam is forced to confront the fears he has kept close for decades.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Terrific. The First Day is expanding and expanding all the time, like its own model universe… Marvelous." - Sebastian Barry

"Crisp, spare, lean and compelling. An auspicious debut." - Patrick McCabe


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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 1-328-84966-X / 978-1-328-84966-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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June 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 0-7088-9855-6 / 978-0-7088-9855-0 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 1-328-50576-6 / 978-1-328-50576-7 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 0-7088-9856-4 / 978-0-7088-9856-7 (UK edition)
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March 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 1-4448-3624-2 / 978-1-4448-3624-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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June 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 0-7088-9854-8 / 978-0-7088-9854-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fleet
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Audio Editions

October 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 1-5384-5037-2 / 978-1-5384-5037-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
ISBN: 1-5384-5038-0 / 978-1-5384-5038-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The First Day
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October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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June 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The First Day
Author(s): Phil Harrison
Publisher: Fleet
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