For fans of Sarah Waters and THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, a vibrant, visceral tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top in Georgian Bristol. Includes reading group notes.
I sat before my tambour hoop but I did not sew. I thought of split lips, flying teeth and red blood on white linen.
Born in a Bristol brothel, Ruth Webber, her toe upon the scratch, is ready to face all comers.
Lady Charlotte Sinclair, scarred with small pox and bullied by her boorish brother, is on the verge of smashing the bonds of convention that have held her for so long.
George Bowden, without inheritance or title, is prepared to do whatever it takes to make his way in the world.
Let the fight begin . . .
THE FAIR FIGHT is a hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it
A brilliant, bold and unforgettable debut. Freeman transports us to a history we'd never have imagined and makes it viscerally real
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
Cracking . . . a lively, rambunctious read - SUNDAY EXPRESS
Anna Freeman is an associate 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.