‘Tessa Hadley might be my new favourite writer. She just ‘gets’ people, their flaws, their ignoble impulses, the transcendent moments… she is wonderful.’ Marian Keyes
Discover the compulsive new novel about one woman’s sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London from the bestselling author of Late in the Day.
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.
With scalpel-sharp insight, Tessa Hadley explores her characters’ inner worlds, laying bare their fears and longings. Free Love is an irresistible exploration of romantic love, sexual freedom and living out the truest and most meaningful version of our lives.
‘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
Readers adore Free Love:
‘Subtle, wide-ranging, sympathetic and engaging.’
‘There is a reason that Tessa Hadley is regarded as one of the best living British writers.’
‘A wonderful novel with a new take on a historic era.’