Out 1 May 2020
'The Welsh David Foster Wallace' – Srdjan Srdic
'An inimitable, substantial prose stylist – and by far the funniest contemporary British writer around' – Bill Broady
'… the satirical style of Brett Easton Ellis… Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates… but more than anything, read it if you like great fiction' – Wales Arts Review
HELLO FRIEND WE MISSED YOU is a deeply poignant and bleakly comic debut novel about loneliness, the 'violent revenge thriller' category on Netflix, solipsism, rural gentrification, Jack Black, and learning to exist in the least excruciating way possible.
Its story of depression and death on the small Welsh island of Môn, of people armed with every social media completely failing to communicate, is far, far funnier than it has any right to be. It's also, ultimately, extremely moving. An incredible debut novel from a truly unique prose stylist.
An English Literature graduate of Manchester University and LJMU’s Writing MA, Richard’s debut short fiction collection, All The Places We Lived, was published by Parthian Books in 2015 and he is the subject of the forthcoming film ULTRA: a documentary covering the promotional tour for the collection’s Serbian translation. Born and raised on Ynys Môn, Richard lives in Cardiff with his wife, daughters, and cat, Abi The God. He recently won the PENfro Short Story Prize 2019, judged by Niall Griffiths. HELLO FRIEND WE MISSED YOU is Richard’s debut novel.