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Fred and Edie

Fred and Edie

In December 1922 Edith Thompson, a smart, bright, lower-middle class woman who worked in a milliner’s shop, was tried for conspiring with her young lover Frederick Bywaters to murder her husband, Percy. The sensational trial, which took place in front of heaving crowds at the Old Bailey, unravelled a real life drama as exciting as any blockbuster: an illicit love affair, a back-street abortion, domestic violence, murder and a double execution. FRED AND EDIE draws together powerful threads between personal memory and public lives, between innocence and responsibility, and between fact and fiction. It is an exploration of a woman caught in the net of her own private fantasy and the conflicts of the era in which she lived, of her muddled attempt to defy convention and reshape her own destiny, and, finally, of the devastation she left in her wake.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 28th December 2006

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780340936283

Reviews

Jill Dawson's deft ability to map the territory of the heart, as well as the head, lends grace and conviction to this fictionalised version of a true story. FRED AND EDIE is a captivating account of a strangely impassioned, and compelling, love affair
Caryl Phillips
A moving testimony to the desperation of unrequited love
<i> The Times </i>
Compelling reading
<i> The Times </i>
A haunting exploration of female desire and the tragic consequences when it finds itself repressed and thwarted.
<i> Sunday Times </i>
It will captivate readers ... The real triumph of the novel is to make the fictionalised truth sound utterly convincing - a case of fiction not so much stranger as stronger than fact. Edie is so wonderful, so bitterly honest about herself, especially her understanding of her own sensual nature. And the sex is beautifully written about. Jill Dawson magnificently gets into the woman's skin and makes the whole act sublime
Margaret Forster
Gripping ... an engrossing, passionate and tragic story
<i> Daily Mail </i>