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

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After two years of delays and six different publication dates (and turning down two other publishers in the process), in September, 2019 I took the decision to cancel my contract with Sundial Press.  It has been a most unsatisfactory and disappointing journey, especially as Sundial reprinted my two novels on Hardy’s wives in paperback during that time. I am looking for a new publisher for the book and will keep readers informed.

 

Hardy’s Well-Beloved 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 a number of the most significant and interesting heroines from his fourteen novels.

 

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Thomas Hardy

 

 

 

UPDATE:  The revised editions of both novels, ‘Florence: Mistress of Max Gate‘ and ‘Emma; A Woman Betrayed‘ are available in paperback on the Sundial website in conjunction with the upcoming publication of ‘The Well-Beloved’ in April 2019. I am delighted that all three books are published by Sundial Press whose quality and presentation are always of a very high standard. The covers of both paperback editions are below:

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