the original Lady Chatterley
By Annabel Abbs
The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month. The moving story of Frieda von Richthofen, a German aristocrat whose affair with the penniless, ambitious English writer, D. H. Lawrence, shocked society and inspired his classic novel Lady Chatterley's Lover
The extraordinary story of Frieda von Richthofen, wife of D. H. Lawrence and the inspiration for Lady Chatterley's Lover.
'Annabel Abbs has done a superb job of chronicling Frieda's early life ... brilliant ... wonderfully drawn' The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month
'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. She, and all those connected with her, live and breathe in Abbs's beautifully crafted novel' Polly Clark, author of Larchfield
'Another absolutely superb novel from Annabel Abbs' Historical Novel Society
'A compassionately imagined tale' Daily Mail
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 fulfillment comes at a terrible personal cost.
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
Annabel Abbs lives in London with her husband and four children. Her bestselling debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the Impress Prize for New Writers and was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, the Waverley Good Read Award and the Caledonia Novel Award.
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15 Nov 2018
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Annabel Abbs has done a superb job of chronicling Frieda's early life . . . Abbs is brilliant at showing the tensions between Frieda's numbing role as mother to three children, and her desire to live a sensuous, vivid life . . . I adored her — The Times
This is a compassionately imagined tale — Daily Mail
In her first novel, The Joyce Girl, Annabel Abbs explored life in the shadows of literary fame. In her second, we are again in the sphere of early 20th-century literature, but with a very different protagonist who left her echoes in the often controversial works of D. H. Lawrence . . . Frieda is an extraordinary woman who incites remarkable passions in the men who love her . . the narrative is both skilful and restrained throughout. Another absolutely superb novel from Annabel Abbs. — Historical Novel Society
when she meets the young writer, D. H. Lawrence, she falls so passionately in love that she gives up everything in order to be with him . . . the true and fascinating story of the real-life inspiration for Lady Chatterley's Lover — Red
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. She, and all those connected with her, live and breathe in Abbs's beautifully crafted novel — Polly Clark, author of LARCHFIELD
Poignant . . . Abbs' novel emphasises Frieda's own sense of being a person in continual construction — The Australian
Frieda really is an outstanding novel . . . glorious, vivid and immersive — Theresa Smith Writes blog
A read that combines literary research with a skill for creating a fascinating narrative, Frieda breathes new life to a literary figure, and sheds new light on a literary classic. Fascinating, beautifully written and hugely gripping, it's a read that has changed my understanding of D.H. Lawrence, and comes highly recommended — Luke Marlowe, The Bookbag