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The Well-Beloved: The Women in Thomas Hardy’s Life and Fiction

To be published in October 2017 by Sundial Press


Thomas Hardy


Revised editions of both novels, ‘Florence: Mistress of Max Gate‘ and ‘Emma; A Woman Betrayed‘ are to be released in paperback in the next few months before the publication of ‘Thomas Hardy’s Women’ later in the year. I am delighted that all three books are to be published by Sundial Press whose quality and presentation are always of a very high standard.

Thomas Hardy’s Women looks at Hardy’s relationship with a number of women who featured prominently in his life: Jemimah Hardy (the Matriarch),  Emma and Florence (the two unfortunate wives), Tryphena Sparks, Florence Henniker, Agnes Gove and Gertrude Bugler, four of his lady friends, and finally Tess, Sue Brideshead (with a bit of Arabella for colour), Susan Henchard and Bathsheba Everdene.

Reading Claire Tomlin’s biography of Hardy, it was interesting to note the cover blurb describing Hardy as ‘an unhappy husband and a desolate widower’ and in the next paragraph as ‘neglectful husband and mourning lover.’  Reality followed by fiction in each instance?

I have made good progress with the novel ‘Turangawaewae’ (In my Beginning) which has been submitted for publication in New Zealand.


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