I Couldn't Love You More: Signed Bookplate Edition (Hardback)
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I Couldn't Love You More: Signed Bookplate Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 09/06/2021
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Ranging across three generations of women and embracing themes of love, regret and self-discovery this sweeping novel from the author of Hideous Kinky is a hymn to female longing and relationships. 

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An unforgettable novel of mothers and daughters, wives and muses, secrets and outright lies.

Rosaleen is still a teenager, in the early Sixties, when she meets the famous sculptor Felix Lichtman. Felix is dangerous, bohemian, everything she dreamed of in the cold nights at her Catholic boarding school. And at first their life together is glitteringly romantic - drinking in Soho, journeying to Marseilles. But it's not long before Rosaleen finds herself fearfully, unexpectedly alone. Desperate, she seeks help from the only source she knows, the local priest, and is directed across the sea to Ireland on a journey that will seal her fate. Kate lives in Nineties London, stumbling through her unhappy marriage. But something has begun to stir in her.

Close to breaking point, she sets off on a journey of her own, not knowing what she hopes to find. Aoife sits at her husband's bedside as he lies dying, and tells him the story of their marriage. But there is a crucial part of the story missing and time is running out. Aoife needs to know: what became of Rosaleen? Spanning three generations of women, I Couldn't Love You More is an unforgettable novel about love, motherhood, secrets and betrayal - and how only the truth can set us free.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526642486
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Freud is a modern literary rarity: a born storyteller, poetic but never overwrought; thoughtful but never showy.' - The Times

'In this fascinating novel, Freud interweaves the stories of a daughter, mother and grandmother to show how past hurts and dreams drip down through generations. The women's characters and circumstances are beautifully evoked as are their struggles not to be defined by men or convention. Freud knits their plights together to create an utterly readable and compelling narrative.' - Hannah Rothschild

'A new Esther Freud novel is always such a treat and I couldn't love this one more.' - Polly Samson

I love this book. It feels like the novel Esther Freud has been waiting to write her whole life. The tenderness of the mother-daughter bond, the cruelties and prejudice of old Ireland, the vitality of 1960s London all beautifully realised.' -  Amanada Craig

I Couldn't Love You More is completely, inspiringly wonderful. I read it non-stop through the night, finding myself simultaneously uplifted and wrung out by the emotional power of the story and by its ambitious social and historical range. It couldn't be better.' - Barbara Trapido

A breathtakingly beautiful book, a story of absolutely vivid originality but also one that addresses those fundamental complexities that ripple through human life, transcendent of time and of place and repeated through generations at whatever age.' - Juliet Nicolson

I hugely enjoyed it. She is such a compelling writer, so good at evoking atmosphere.' - Lynn Barber

As close to a perfect novel as anything I've read in a long time.' - Ann Patchett

Full of pitch-perfect observation, spiced with wry humour.' - The Observer

You know how it is when a writer draws into a place and you begin to feel it is more substantial than the one around you? That is how this book was for me. I truly loved it.' - Rachel Joyce

In a culture which dins with brashness and self-advertisement, attending to Esther Freud's still, truthful voice becomes not only a pleasure but a necessity.' - Jonathan Coe

A highly talented writer.' - The Independent

A superbly gifted writer ... Freud creates relationships so fraught and delicate that at times the characters can hardly bear to examine them ... She explores them with a dazzling clarity that reveals her true, writer's calling.' - New York Times

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“Heartbreaking”

You will need a whole box of tissues for this heartbreaking tale of Irish. mothers and daughters. It truly captures the carelessness of men towards woman and the sadistic sanctimonious cruelty of nuns. Shame is the... More

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“Read and make up your own mind about this novel.....”

I am not sure what to make of this novel. I found it uncomfortable reading in parts which didn't flow for me. The writing was strong, about three woman, Aoife, Kate and Rosaleen. The story is about love,... More

Hardback edition
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“What a beautiful book.”

What a beautiful book. " I couldn't love you more" by Esther Freud is one of those rare books that wants you to enquire what each character is up to. It takes a while to work out how the three... More

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