Alyson Rudd was born in Liverpool, raised in West Lancashire and educated at the London School of Economics. She is a sports journalist at The Times and lives in South West London. She has written two works of non-fiction. The First Time Lauren Pailing Died is her first novel.
`A stylish time-slip story a la Sliding Doors' Guardian (hottest-tipped debuts of 2019) `A page turner of a debut' Grazia `Alyson Rudd explores love and loss with nuance' i newspaper `Stylish, alluring, utterly gripping. An intricate, elegantly written time-slip tale that keeps you guessing until the last page.' Lisa O'Kelly, Observer `Stunning, moving and very clever' Mark Lawson `Beautiful, extremely moving and expertly done, with a lightness of touch that belies the complexity behind the plotting. I loved it (and I cried several times!)' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange `A wonderful novel. The story weaves in and out of the timelines effortlessly...brilliantly paced' Katie S (Netgalley) `A very clever book and one which I enjoyed very much' Debra F (Netgalley) `Where the novel really succeeds is in the delineation of love and loss, of growing and diminishing, of grief and mourning. The way in which [Alyson Rudd] conveys difficult emotions through dialogue is the real highlight of this story' Sarah D (Netgalley) `From the opening pages, the tale shimmers with grief, loss and enough period detail to lend authenticity to what is, after all, a slightly incredible (in the truest sense) story. Claims of echoes of Kate Atkinson and Maggie O'Farrell are entirely justified. Tender, evocative, affecting and utterly gorgeous' Ophelia S (Netgalley) `Thought-provoking and beautifully written. I loved it' Sheri K (Netgalley) `Unforgettable' Alexander H (Netgalley) `5* - irresistible' Lucy G (Netgalley)