The Innocents

by Francesca Segal

Adam and Rachel, childhood sweethearts, are getting married at last.  Rachel is everything Adam has ever imagined in a wife and her parents adore him.  A life of easy contentment awaits at the heart of the community.  But then Rachel’s reckless American cousin returns to the family fold.  Ellie represents everything that Adam has striven to avoid – and everything that is missing from his world.  As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many.

The daughter of a novelist and an editor, Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980.  Brought up between the UK and America, she studied Experimental Psychology at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, before becoming a journalist and writer. Her work has appeared in Granta, the FT, the Guardian and Vogue UK and US, amongst others. She has been a features writer at Tatler, and for three years wrote the Debut Fiction column in the Observer. She lives in North London. The Innocents won the 2012 Costa First Novel Award.