Free Love: Signed Exclusive Edition (Hardback)
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Free Love: Signed Exclusive Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 20/01/2022
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Sensual and resonant, Free Love's beautifully wrought tale of a suffocatingly conventional family's awakening during the Swinging Sixties confirms Hadley as one of our finest contemporary novelists.

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From Tessa Hadley, bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past, comes a compulsive new novel about one woman's sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London.

1967. While London comes alive with the new youth revolution, the suburban Fischer family seems to belong to an older world of conventional stability: pretty, dutiful homemaker Phyllis is married to Roger, a devoted father with a career in the Foreign Office. Their children are Colette, a bookish teenager, and Hugh, the golden boy.

But when the twenty-something son of an old friend pays the Fischers a visit one hot summer evening, and kisses Phyllis in the dark garden after dinner, something in her catches fire. Newly awake to the world, Phyllis makes a choice that defies all expectations of her as a wife and a mother. Nothing in these ordinary lives is so ordinary after all, it turns out, as the family's upheaval mirrors the dramatic transformation of the society around them.

With scalpel-sharp insight, Tessa Hadley explores her characters' inner worlds, laying bare their fears and longings. Daring and sensual, Free Love is a compulsive, irresistible exploration of romantic love, sexual freedom and living out the truest and most meaningful version of our lives.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 2928377078966
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 222 x 138 x 30 mm


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'She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today.' - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

'Tessa Hadley recruits admirers with each book. She writes with authority, and with delicacy: she explores nuance, but speaks plainly; she is one of those writers a reader trusts.' - Hilary Mantel

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“A book with perhaps too strong a sense of time and place”

This novel is set in the London of 1967 – and opens with a (rather reluctant on both sides) visit to a rather conventional suburban family by a twenty-something year-old son of a family friend – one with an unexpected... More

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“Sixties suburbia”

In well-heeled late-60s suburbia, Nicholas, the son of a family friend, comes to dinner with the Fischers. A kiss in the dark leads to more than anyone bargained for.

Free Love accurately conveys many period details,... More

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“Recommended”

It was the first book I read by Tessa Hadley and won't surely be the last as I liked her style of writing.
It's the story of an awakening, of starting again but it's also a story that talks about a... More

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