the original Lady Chatterley
By Annabel Abbs
Read by Leith McPherson
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 real-life inspiration for Lady Chatterley's Lover.
'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
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 changes the course of literature forever.
But for Frieda, this fulfilment comes at the terrible personal cost of home and family.
'Poignant' The Australian
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
(P)2018 Hachette Australia
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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Poignant . . . Abbs' novel emphasises Frieda's own sense of being a person in continual construction — The Australian
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
Frieda really is an outstanding novel . . . glorious, vivid and immersive — Theresa Smith Writes blog