Free Love: Signed Exclusive Edition (Hardback)Tessa Hadley (author)
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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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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
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 222 x 138 x 30 mm
'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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