Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 20/04/2023
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Beautiful modern ficiton
I really enjoyed this - for me, it was a sweet, modern romance story. It reminded me both of Sorrow & Bliss and Queenie with the self-sabotaging main chara... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Online
A book for the heart and soul
It has been a long time since I have felt so deeply understood by a book. Everything from the richly developed characters to the use of the gorgeous colloq... READ MORE
Beautifully moving and bursting with emotion - a must read for 2023!
Elsie is struggling - she can't pay her rent, her job at a failing neighbourhood gay bar is unstable and it feels like the walls are closing in. She wants ... READ MORE
A Striking Debut
I recently read Rosewater by Liv Little, and it floored me. If you are after a bold, beautiful queer novel, then look no further. Little's debut fol... READ MORE
Poppy Flaxman
Beautiful, Vibrant, An ode to London and the Queer Community
This is an incredible debut novel that's full of life, love, and all the drama and messiness that comes with adulthood. Elsie is such a relatable main char... READ MORE
Amoy Daley, Waterstones Leamington Spa
I would award 10 stars if I could
I was totally blown away by this novel. Utterly stunning. One of the things I just found most amazing were the cast of characters. So well formed you would... READ MORE
James, Canterbury.
A promising debut
Rosewater follows Elsie, an aspiring poet living in London. At 28, she feels like a drifter who is completely unmoored from anything that could offer her s... READ MORE
one of the best contemporary novels
this is the messy millennial romance that contemporary fiction needs - a queer, Black protagonist, emphasis on the importance of the arts sector, a gritty ... READ MORE
Rachel at Belfast
Just wonderful!
I was kindly gifted an advanced copy of this book by the team at Dialogue Books and I so enjoyed this book! Liv Little's stunning debut, Rosewater, is a go... READ MORE
Emily at Waterstones Exeter
A Later Life Coming Of Age Story
Elsie is exhausted. At 28 she is approaching burn out. A dysfunctional family dynamic that saw her moving out to fend for herself at sixteen means that she... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


A deliciously gritty and strikingly bold debut novel about discovering love where it has always been.

Elsie is a sexy, funny, and fiercely independent woman in South London. But, at just 28, she is also tired. Though she spends her days writing tender poetry in her journal, her nights are spent working long hours for minimum wage at a neighbourhood gay bar.

The difficulty of being estranged from her family, struggle of being continually rejected from jobs, and fear of never making money doing what she loves, is too great. But Elsie is determined to keep the faith, for a little longer at least. Things will surely turn around. They have to.

As she tries to breathe through the panic attacks, sleeping with her hot and spirited co-worker Bea isn't exactly straightforward and offers Elsie just another place to hide.

As Elsie tries to reconnect with her best friend Juliet, her fragile world spirals out of control. Can Elsie steady herself and not fall through the cracks?

  • Publisher: Dialogue
  • ISBN: 9780349702957
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 560g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 34 mm

Customer Reviews

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A steamy read
Rosewater opens on aspiring poet, Elsie, waking up from a night out with baillifs knocking at her door ready to kick her out of her apartment. The story th... READ MORE
She's young, gifted and black but maybe doesn't know it...
The book opens with Elsie Macintosh being evicted by bailiffs from her tiny flat and things get worse from there. It’s fair to say that Elsie is living a c... READ MORE
Jim Sweetman
A gorgeous friends-to-lovers romance
Absolutely loved this novel of being a total mess, trying to make art, not dealing with your feelings, growing up with weird family dynamics. It’s beautifu... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
Wonderfully tender and striking
A fantastic debut novel from Little. Rosewater is quiet, contemporary, and has a real emotional heft. The characters felt real to today and real to London,... READ MORE
Jess D
this novel is a work of art
'rosewater' was one of my most anticipated reads of 2023, and unsurprisingly, it fulfilled and exceeded my expectations. this novel is a work of art. liv ... READ MORE
Aischa Daughtery
Life, love and fabulous lesbians!!
I loved this book. New author, new approach, great characters. It's easy to fall in love, isn't it? Best friends and life's ever changing circumstances....... READ MORE
justine woodward
Beautiful debut from Liv Little
This book deserves to soar. Liv Little’s writing is vibrant, funny, sexy and tender. Talented but troubled Elsie is a character the reader is rooting for f... READ MORE
Amazing debut!
I'm genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed this book, especially for a debut! I keep hearing the words 'bold' and 'beautiful' being used to describe this n... READ MORE
Tarin Ahmed
I really enjoyed this one. It's chaotic, sexy, funny, sad, it has warmth and depth - it really is the whole package. Also, I really loved all (well, most o... READ MORE
Francesca Lucci
A brilliantly raw story. I was excited to read Liv's debut after all of her brilliant work with gal-dem, and this did not disappoint!
sahar jamfar
A fantastic, contemporary story of love, friendship and family. Elsie is very relatable and you warm to her, especially as she faces up to her anxieties th... READ MORE
Sarah Burton
I read the ARC
I requested a copy of this book for a couple reasons. Its sapphic. There is lesbian/bi representation. And it seemed right up my alley. It did not di... READ MORE
Angelina Fenner