A novel of the real Lady Chatterley

by Annabel Abbs

Diving Girl

(cover to be revealed soon!)

A novel of the remarkable woman who inspired Lady Chatterley’s Lover.


Germany, 1907.

Frieda, daughter of aristocrat Baron von Richthofen, has rashly married English professor Ernest Weekley and moved to provincial England. Visiting her family in Munich, a city alive with new ideas of revolution and free love. Goaded by a toxic sibling rivalry with her sisters, Frieda embarks on a passionate affair that is her sensual and intellectual awakening.

England, 1912.
Trapped in her marriage to Ernest, Frieda meets the penniless but ambitious young writer D. H. Lawrence, a man whose creative energy answers her own needs. Their scandalous affair and temepstuous relationship unleashes a creative outpouring that, to a degree, changes the course of literature – and society – forever.

But for Frieda, this fulfilment comes at a terrible personal cost …


Annabel Abbs (c) Aaron Hargreaves 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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