THE TIMES HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH

& AN HISTORICAL FICTION TITLE OF THE YEAR

FRIEDA

The original Lady Chatterley

Annabel Abbs

Frieda

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

 

‘Annabel Abbs has done a superb job of chronicling Frieda’s early life … I adored her.’
The Times

‘A lushly written novel that contrives to be at once mischievous and testing.’
Observer

‘Hard to put down thanks to its heroine’s audacity and strength’
Stylist

 ‘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

‘Another absolutely superb novel from Annabel Abbs’
Historical Novel Society

Germany, 1907.

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.

England, 1912.
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 . . .

 

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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