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Thomas Hardy’s Women

After a rather long and tortuous journey and several delays, ‘Thomas Hardy’s Women  –  In Life and Literature’ was published in October, 2020, hardly an auspicious time for promoting and marketing any new publication. This followed my two novels on Hardy’s wives which have been reprinted in paperback and still available on Sundial’s website.  

Of this latest book, 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 readers find it an interesting and enjoyable read.

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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NOTE:  The revised editions of both novels, ‘Florence: Mistress of Max Gate‘ and ‘Emma; A Woman Betrayed‘ are also available on the Sundial website ( or Halsgrove website ‘Thomas Hardy’s Women’ is also available from bookshops nationally.

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