Frieda: A Novel of the Real Lady Chatterley
The extraordinary story of Frieda von Richthofen, wife of D. H. Lawrence and the real-life inspiration for Lady Chatterley's Lover.
'A lush and absorbing portrait of a fascinating woman who refused to compromise on what really matters: to be known, to love, to be beloved. She, and all those connected with her, live and breathe in Abbs's beautifully crafted novel' Polly Clark, author of Larchfield
'Poignant' The Australian
Aristocrat Frieda von Richthofen has rashly married English professor Ernest Weekley. Visiting her sisters in Munich, she is captivated by a city alive with ideas of revolution and free love, and, goaded by sibling rivalry with her sisters and the need to be more than mother and wife, Frieda embarks on a passionate affair that is her sensual and intellectual awakening.
Trapped in her marriage to Ernest, Frieda meets the penniless but ambitious younger writer D. H. Lawrence. Their scandalous affair and tempestuous relationship unleashes a creative outpouring that changes the course of literature forever.
But for Frieda, this fulfilment comes at the terrible personal cost of home and family.
PRAISE FOR THE JOYCE GIRL
'A hugely impressive debut' Observer
'A powerful portrait of a young woman yearning to be an artist' Guardian
'The best 20th-century fiction of the year' Historical Novel Society