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Careless: The hottest fiction debut you ll read in 2022 and the literary equivalent of gold dust'!

Kirsty Capes

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Searing, poignant, insightful and achingly funny, Careless is an upmarket coming-of-age novel like no other, celebrating female friendship and the enduring hope to follow our dreams against all odds. Perfect for fans of Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, Normal People by Sally Rooney and Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton.


'Astounding. Heart-breaking but hopeful, and a fresh new voice' PANDORA SYKES
'Moving and beautifully written' LIBBY PAGE
'A rare new talent' THE GUARDIAN
'A book that deserves to be a huge hit' STYLIST
'The literary equivalent of gold dust' BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH


Sometimes it's easy to fall between the cracks...

At 3.04 p.m. on a hot, sticky day in June, Bess finds out she's pregnant.

She could tell her social worker Henry, but he's useless.
She should tell her foster mother, Lisa, but she won't understand.
She really ought to tell Boy, but she hasn't spoken to him in weeks.
Bess knows more than anyone that love doesn't come without conditions.

But this isn't a love story...

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Praise for Careless: The hottest fiction debut you ll read in 2022 and the literary equivalent of gold dust'!

  • The literary equivalent of gold dust - BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

  • I am so proud of my super-talented former student, Kirsty Capes. I'm so impressed with how her writing has flourished with the cracking characters and energetic prose of her fantastic debut novel - BERNARDINE EVARISTO

  • Vivid, bold and beautifully observed - ABBIE GREAVES, author of The Silent Treatment

  • Moving and beautifully-written - a voice and a story that needs to be heard - LIBBY PAGE, author of The Lido

  • A story of every day, that is never told. Uplifting and simultaneously heart-breaking - ANSTEY HARRIS, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

  • Real, raw, heart-wrenching and so wonderfully written. A truly honest coming-of-age story. I laughed, cried, squirmed and couldn't stop reading - JESSICA RYN, author of The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside

  • Heroic and powerful, but also tender; this is such an important novel - CHARLOTTE MENDELSON, author of Daughters of Jerusalem

  • A thought-provoking and compelling coming-of-age story, with a fearless and funny protagonist in Bess - RICHARD ROPER, author of Something to Live For

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Kirsty Capes

Kirsty Capes works in publishing and, as a care leaver, is an advocate for better representation for care-experienced people in the media. She recently completed her PhD which investigates female-centric care narratives in contemporary fiction, under the supervision of 2019 Booker prize-winner, Bernardine Evaristo. Careless is her first novel.

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