'Effervescent . . . a wonderful portrait of an extraordinary woman' The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Year 2018 pick
'Annabel Abbs has done a superb job of chronicling Frieda's early life . . . wonderfully drawn' The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month
'A convincing evocation of a remarkable woman' The Sunday Times
'Lushly written . . . compelling' Observer
'A lush and absorbing portrait of a fascinating woman who refused to compromise on what really matters: to be known, to love, to be beloved.' Polly Clark, author of Larchfield
The extraordinary story of Frieda von Richthofen, wife of D. H. Lawrence and the inspiration for Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Aristocrat Frieda von Richthofen has rashly married English professor Ernest Weekley. Visiting her sisters in Munich, she is captivated by a city alive with ideas of revolution and free love, and, goaded by sibling rivalry with her sisters and the need to be more than mother and wife, Frieda embarks on a passionate affair that is her sensual and intellectual awakening.
Trapped in her marriage to Ernest, Frieda meets the penniless but ambitious younger writer D. H. Lawrence. Their scandalous affair and tempestuous relationship unleashes a creative outpouring that influences the course of literature forever. But for Frieda, this fulfilment comes at a terrible personal cost.
'Hard to put down thanks to its heroine's audacity and strength' Stylist
'Another absolutely superb novel from Annabel Abbs' Historical Novel Society
'An incredible piece of storytelling' The Lady
'A compassionately imagined tale' Daily Mail
'Another superbly written biographical novel by an author who probes deep into her characters' lives in a way that makes them instantly accessible' Sussex Express
PRAISE FOR THE JOYCE GIRL
'A hugely impressive debut' Observer 'A powerful portrait of a young woman yearning to be an artist'Guardian 'The best 20th-century fiction of the year' Historical Novel Society
Publication Date: 09-Jun-2014
Publisher: Hachette Australia