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Frieda: The Original Lady Chatterley by Annabel Abbs

Frieda: the original Lady Chatterley

Annabel Abbs

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2 reviews

Imprint: Two Roads
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 15 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9781473681026

The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month. The moving story of Frieda von Richthofen, a German aristocrat whose affair with the penniless, ambitious English writer, D. H. Lawrence, shocked society and inspired his classic novel Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • The TimesBook of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
1 Dec 2018

"a wonderful portrait of an extraordinary woman."

This effervescent novel follows the early life of the beloved muse of DH Lawrence. Frieda, the daughter of a penniless German aristocrat, has married a dry academic. Although she is the mother of three adored children, she longs for a life of wild passion. She travels to Germany where she learns about free love outside the confines of marriage; this new way of living is violently at odds with life as a housewife in suburban Nottingham. Then David Herbert Lawrence appears and thus begins a tumultuous love affair. Annabel Abbs has written a wonderful portrait of an extraordinary woman.


4 stars out of 5
Hephzibah Anderson
18 Nov 2018

"No reader will think of DH Lawrence in quite the same way again"

In animating a vital (in all senses) figure plucked from the footnotes of literary history, Abbs hasn’t offered any of the details that make Frieda difficult to applaud a century on. And why should she? Nothing was easy for her, after all. Frieda emerges as a woman at once scandalously out of step with the #MeToo moment and wholly herself and it is this contradiction that gives Abbs’s exuberant novel its compelling charge.