The Longest Fight was published by Myriad Editions on the 12th February 2015. For more details please click here. An Independent on Sunday Paperback of the Year and shortlisted for the Cross Sports Book Awards - New Writer of the Year.
Some reviews (please click the links for full reviews):
'Emily Bullock’s debut The Longest Fight, a fine addition to the canon of boxing literature... But Bullock makes a welcome break with tradition in also giving due attention to female characters... (a) grittily impressive first novel.'
'The backdrop of postwar London is splendidly done - all crusted soot and swirling fog - and the boxing scenes have a terrific vigour and excitement.'
'Captivating in its beautiful portrayal of grief and love... Page by page, Jack and his life become all the more real, until he fills the reader’s imagination and the novel can’t be put down. Brilliantly written, genuinely engaging: a great read.'
'In her story about redemption and hope, Bullock’s writing is as taut as the fighters in her ring.'
'I could feel every bruise and sprain.'
'I was knocked out by the depth of the emotional punches in this stunning début novel. Emily Bullock had me on the ropes, wrung out, cried out and then delivered a heart-wrenching blow in the final, pitch perfect, not a word wasted, lines of the last chapter.'
'The realism jumps up and bites the reader at every turn of the page – simple descriptions of everyday London streets are brought to life in a way that makes you wonder if you’re reading the prototype for a 3D book.'
'This is a skilfully written and intelligent novel with multiple layers. For its vivid portrayal of another world, and its recounting of a story to break your heart, I highly recommend it.'
'With her debut novel Emily Bullock shares something special – a clear understanding of her subject matter, and a talent for developing her characters in a way that leaves you craving more.'
'The real meat... is in the depiction of pre-war and 1950s London: Peckham and Soho in all their smoggy glory. We got lost in this world of backstreet boozers, sweat-reeking boxing clubs, trams and the struggle to make good (the real ‘longest fight’). Highly recommended.'
'The novel really took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and I really enjoyed it. Bullock’s characterisation is sublime and each character is wonderfully individual. The setting of the seedy and dark side of London added real grit to it.'
'The Longest Fight is a strong debut... The tension is sustained to the end, and the writing never lapses into sentimentality.'
I was awarded first prize in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2011 for the story 'My Girl'. This is a great anthology of short stories, an amazing chance to read so many different voices all in the one book.
'My Girl' - Some reviews:
Guest Blog Post on Somethingrhymed.com
Publications / Competitions:
'Freshwater' - A Short Affair, Simon & Schuster 2018
'They Were the Only Ones Dancing', May You: Walter Swan Prize Anthology 2018
'Tombstoning' - The Mechanics' Institute Review
'Freshwater' - Royal Academy & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017, Shortlisted
'On Broadway' - Remember Oluwale Writing Prize Anthology
'My Girl' - For Books' Sake Weekend Read
The Longest Fight - Myriad Editions
Double English (essay) - Bookanista
Top 5: Literary Fights - We Love This Book
Prose that Packs a Punch - Thresholds
Back Issues - Ink, Sweat & Tears
Human Terrain - Bookanista
Articulating the Other - 4 OU PhD students discuss ways of discovering fictional voices, NAWE Magazine No.62
We Want it Out - 1st Prize, NAWE Conf. Short Story Prize, 2013
No One Plays at Boxing - Fish International Publishing Prize, Short Memoir, 2013 Shortlist
'Beautifully Bleak: Visiting West Wight' - Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again
'My Girl' (1st Prize) - Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol.4
Alkmaar, Umbrella Essential - Europe Online Magazine, 2011
Dinner Dance - Molotov Cocktail, 2011
A Letter to my Fading Grandad - The Guardian, 2009
Book Tips - readme.cc, European Platform for Literature
Reading Berlin - Lit Trip Arena contest, 1st prize, 2009
To Be Like You (1st chapter) - Shortlisted for the London Fringe Short Fiction Award 2009
To Be Like You (1st chapter) - Concertina Anthology, Pen & Ink, 2004
I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside - Shortlisted for BBC “Hustle Competition”, 2004
My Girl - BBC Radio 4, March 2013
IMDB - List of Credits
Sofa So Good - Script Editor, 2010
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