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Guest Editor for June - Freya North

Guest Editor - Freya North

In this special section devoted to our Guest Editor of the Month Freya North, discover more about her novels and find out the books that have inspired or influenced her writing.

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Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Freya North
July 2014 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back to her roots, to old flames, the love of brothers and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
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Rumours
Freya North
Filled with a cast of brilliant characters this absorbing story of love and redemption is gripping, astute and witty (exactly what you would expect from Freya North). Perfect Summer reading.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
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Pillow Talk
Freya North
Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2008.Childhood sweethearts meet seventeen years later and the spark is now adult. This is emotional, feel-good, warm stuff with the couple each having a past to sort out. Along the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2008
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Home Truths
Freya North
Cat, Fen and Pip of her earlier books come together for a fab read that does not require knowledge of the previous books to throughly enjoy. It's excellent and fans of Daisy Waugh and Belinda Jones will love...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 06/11/2006
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Love Rules
Freya North
Interestingly different style for this lovely author who starts by introducing us to her four main characters through the voice of each one. They link, entwine and react over a few years and the book closes with a chapter on...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 24/10/2005
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Not That Sort of Girl
Mary Wesley
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Not That Sort of Girl... Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain, Barbara Trapido and Jane Gardam – I really do owe my career to them. But this book in particular really...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy, Rosemarie Morgan
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Thomas Hardy... For me, no other writer so definitively captures both the beauty and challenges of Britain - its landscape, weather, village life versus city life and of course the class system. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2003
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Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy, Patricia Ingham
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Thomas Hardy... For me, no other writer so definitively captures both the beauty and challenges of Britain - its landscape, weather, village life versus city life and of course the class system. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/1998
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Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy, Margaret R. Higonnet
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Thomas Hardy... For me, no other writer so definitively captures both the beauty and challenges of Britain - its landscape, weather, village life versus city life and of course the class system. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2003
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A Widow for One Year
John Irving
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on A Widow for One Year... This is a stunning novel by one of my favourite authors. Typical Irving, it’s the perfect blend of drama and bawdiness beautifully told. His heroine, Ruth Cole, is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/1999
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The Red Tent
Anita Diamant
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on The Red Tent... I was so bowled over by this extraordinary novel that when I finished it, I couldn’t speak. For hours. And I wept intermittently, for days. It was bought for me...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2002
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The History of Tom Jones
Henry Fielding
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on The History of Tom Jones... I have to admit that I saw the film version with Albert Finney and Susannah York first – but I loved it so much I read the novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2005
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Carbonel
Barbara Sleigh
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Carbonel... I read this as a child and lost myself in it utterly. It was one of the first occasions when I truly experienced how books can provide the reader with the pleasure...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2005
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June 2014 Guest Editor - Freya North

 

Freya North is the author of 12 bestselling novels which have been translated into many languages. She was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire with her family and other animals, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido – fiction with strong female leads and original, sometimes eccentric, characters. In 2012 she set up, and now runs, the Hertford Children’s Book Festival. She is also a judge for the CPRE Rural Living Awards.

 

Her new novel, The Way Back Home, is out in June 2014.


Freya North on...

Not That Sort Of Girl by Mary Wesley
Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain, Barbara Trapido and Jane Gardam – I really do owe my career to them.  But this book in particular really did change the course of my life.  I read it during my finals at University after which I headed off to do an MA and was all set to start a PhD in Art History. But deep down I knew that all I really wanted to do was write fiction. Click here to read more.

Far From the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure and Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
For me, no other writer so definitively captures both the beauty and challenges of Britain - its landscape, weather, village life versus city life and of course the class system.  But most of all I love the way that landscape is not merely a backdrop in Hardy's writing, but a leading character in it – something that has become a crucial element of my own writing.  I love the paintings of Millet – the unpatronizing dignity he imbued his scenes of rustic life.  This is so true of Hardy too and nowhere is this more compelling than in Tess of the D’Urbervilles - one of my all time favourite books.  

A Widow For One Year by John Irving
This is a stunning novel by one of my favourite authors.  Typical Irving, it’s the perfect blend of drama and bawdiness beautifully told.  His heroine, Ruth Cole, is an author and her story is told through three sections – her childhood and the loss of her two brothers; when she is unmarried and forging her writing career; finally, when she has become a widow at the age of 41.  There was so much of her personality – especially her process as an author – that rang true with me. Click here to read more.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
I was so bowled over by this extraordinary novel that when I finished it, I couldn’t speak.  For hours.  And I wept intermittently, for days.  It was bought for me by one of my closest friends – who said I was to buy another copy for a woman I love and admire.  Subsequently, I bought seven further copies – and I will buy more!  The novel takes as its premise a small and seemingly insignificant verse of the Old Testament pertaining to Dinah, sister of Joseph and the only daughter of Jacob. Click here to read more.

The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
I have to admit that I saw the film version with Albert Finney and Susannah York first – but I loved it so much I read the novel immediatley.  I was a teenager and it was the first very early novel that I read by choice, rather than from the school curriculum.  I loved it.  I also loved that it was vilified in its time as `A motley history of bastardism, fornication, and adultery' . To me, that is precisely what a classic romp should be. Click here to read more.

Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh 
I read this as a child and lost myself in it utterly.  It was one of the first occasions when I truly experienced how books can provide the reader with the pleasure of a parallel universe.  I really did ‘live’ this book.  Written in 1955 it's still a terrific read.  A wonderful, exhilarating adventure story about a young girl who goes on an errand for her mother but comes home with a witch's broomstick and a fabulously aloof black cat. Click here to read more.
 

Click here to visit Freya North's website.

 

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