Freya (Paperback)Anthony Quinn (author)
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Freya, ambitious and outspoken, pursues a career on Fleet Street while Nancy, less self-confident, struggles to get her first novel published.
Both friends become entangled with Robert Cosway, a charismatic young man whose own ambition will have a momentous bearing on their lives.
Flitting from war-haunted Oxford to the bright new shallows of the 1960s, Freya plots the unpredictable course of a woman's life and loves in extraordinary times.
'(an) Elena Ferrante-like tale of female friends.' - Guardian
'Quinn’s characters, particularly the vivid, maddening, wilful, foul-mouthed and frequently funny Freya, will continue to live on long after reaching the final line of this wonderful novel.' - Independent
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 416 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
"Quinn explores the big issues of the century - feminism, homosexuality, immigration, the individual versus society - but does so with a deceptively light touch. He draws us into the consciousness of his protagonists in an utterly compelling way... Quinn's characters...will continue to live on long after reaching the final line of this wonderful novel." -- Andrew Wilson * Independent on Sunday *
"There's plenty more to tantalise us as we move from the austere 1940s to the tumultuous 1960s... [Quinn] Has evidently gorged on recent histories of the period... Quinn's skill lies in picking a surprising route through familiar terrain, blurring the boundaries of fact and fiction in a style that calls to mind William Boyd. Besides being adept at marshalling period detail, he is a fluent, engaging storyteller, whose suave prose masks an unusually shrewd sense of how relationships work." -- Henry Hitchings * Financial Times *
"There aren't many novelists with smoother, more elegant prose styles than Anthony Quinn. His sentences practically purr on the page... Immensely enjoyable... Effortlessly entertaining and gracefully thought-provoking." -- James Kidd * Independent *
"I can't remember the last time I devoured a book with such greed. Quinn's eponymous, sweary heroine trailblazes her way through Oxford, Nuremberg, Soho and all points between." -- Sara Manning * Red *
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