Freya (Paperback)
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Freya Wyley meets Nancy Holdaway amid the wild celebrations of VE Day, the prelude to a devoted and competitive friendship...

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
ISBN: 9781784703127
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 416 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A wonderful tale of female friendship... Elegant and compelling, it's a riveting study of a changing world and the struggle of two women to find their place in it." -- Eithne Farry * Mail on Sunday *
"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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“Portrait of an extraordinary woman...”

In London 1945 VE Day , Freya and Nacy meet and their wonderful on and off relationship spans for over two decades. " Freya" is a very well written account of the changing lives of women trying to gain... More

Hardback edition
6th December 2015
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“Portrait of a woman and an era”

When she wrote Emma Jane Austen said that she was 'going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like'. I have a sneaking suspicion that these words may have crossed Anthony Quinn's mind when... More

Hardback edition
2 similar books recommended
1st March 2016
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“A well written and involving tale”

Anthony Quinn’s 5th novel introduces us to Freya Wylie, who we first meet on VE Day and follow until the early 1960’s. At the start of the novel, Freya, up from Plymouth where she is stationed with the Wrens is... More

Hardback edition
21st February 2016
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