Learwife (Hardback)
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Learwife (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 04/11/2021
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The untold story of King Lear’s wife, written out of history yet with a mesmerising tale to tell, lyrically imagined by a hugely exciting new literary voice.

I am the queen of two crowns, banished fifteen years, the famed and gilded woman, bad-luck baleful girl, mother of three small animals, now gone. I am fifty-five years old. I am Lear's wife. I am here.

Word has come. Care-bent King Lear is dead, driven mad and betrayed. His three daughters too, broken in battle. But someone has survived: Lear's queen. Exiled to a nunnery years ago, written out of history, her name forgotten. Now she can tell her story.

Though her grief and rage may threaten to crack the earth open, she knows she must seek answers. Why was she sent away in shame and disgrace? What has happened to Kent, her oldest friend and ally? And what will become of her now, in this place of women? To find peace she must reckon with her past and make a terrible choice - one upon which her destiny, and that of the entire abbey, rests.

Giving unforgettable voice to a woman whose absence has been a tantalising mystery, Learwife is a breathtaking novel of loss, renewal and how history bleeds into the present.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781838852832
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 448 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 32 mm
Edition: Main


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'Learwife is a novel that joins the likes of Pat Barker, Natalie Haynes and Margaret Atwood in seeking to unearth hidden female stories left unexplored by literary history. Its tale of pestilence and seclusion also has a powerful contemporary relevance. Written in luminous, lyrical prose, it's a book that defies easy description, being neither historical novel nor fantasy, but mining the best bits from each genre' - The Observer

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“This is an incredibly clever and absorbing novel.”

In 'Learwife' ,J.R Thorp draws upon Shakespeare's play, and conjures up a clever, flawed and ambitious queen cloistered behind convent walls. Nursing the anger and rejection from her exile, she hears of... More

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“ARC”

Word has come. Care-bent King Lear is dead, driven mad and betrayed. His three daughters too, broken in battle. But someone has survived: Lear's queen. Exiled to a nunnery years ago, written out of history, her... More

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“Fascinating”

I am a bit torn in this review. To sum up I loved the writing but it just went on way too long. It would have been far more admirable at a maximum of 500 pages. The writing is beautiful and the story is fascinating to... More

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