Set during the last days of an infamous female gang, a story of family and finding your way from an author hailed by Sarah Waters as 'hugely exciting and entertaining'
'My mum always said, a fistful of rings is as good as a knuckleduster'
As the Great Smog falls over London in 1952, Florrie Palmer has a choice to make.
Will she stay with the Cutters, a gang of female criminals who have terrorized London for years and are led by her own mother? Or leave it all behind to make a safer, duller life with the man she loves? And what will she do if she's too crooked to go straight, and too good to go bad?
Over the next five days, Florrie will have to find her own path and the courage to stumble along it - in a fog so thick that she can't see her own feet.
Following the last days of a crumbling female gang in post-war London, this is a story of family, of love, of finding your way, and of deciphering a route through the greyest areas of morality.
A brilliant, bold and unforgettable debut. Freeman transports us to a history we'd never have imagined and makes it viscerally real
Cracking . . . a lively, rambunctious read - SUNDAY EXPRESS on THE FAIR FIGHT
THE FAIR FIGHT is a hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it
Anna Freeman's familiarity with this rough and raunchy period of history and her wonderfully imagined cast of characters, often down but never out, makes this a brilliant debut novel - THE TIMES on THE FAIR FIGHT
Anna Freeman is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University as well as a multiple slam-winning performance poet who has appeared at festivals across Britain including Latitude and Glastonbury. She lives in Bristol. Her first novel, The Fair Fight, was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.