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    Thomas Hardy’s Women

After a rather long and tortuous journey, I am delighted to announce the publication of ‘Thomas Hardy’s Women  –  In Life and Literature’ which is due out in late October. This follows my two novels on Hardy’s wives which have been reprinted in paperback and still available on Sundial’s website.  
I was delighted that one publisher I approached (although not the one I eventually chose) commented on the ‘eloquent and engaging narrative’ and felt the work had the potential to excel within the genre’. I hope so.

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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LATEST: I will be giving a talk on ‘Thomas Hardy and the Women of his Imagination’ on the 13th June as part of the  Sturminster Newton Literary Festival


NOTE:  The revised editions of both novels, ‘Florence: Mistress of Max Gate‘ and ‘Emma; A Woman Betrayed‘ are available in paperback on the Sundial website ( or on the website shop

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