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The spellbinding story of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the society that put it on trial; the story of a novel and its ripple effects across half a century, and about the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itself.

'A hugely daring, intrigue-packed, decade-jumping doorstopper that teasingly blends fiction and actuality with wit and panache' DAILY MAIL

'A triumph ... it will conquer your heart' ELIF SHAFAK

'Glorious and arresting ... A widescreen novel' OBSERVER

'A passionate, epic joy' MADELINE MILLER

'Powerful, moving, brilliant ... An utterly captivating read' ELIZABETH GILBERT

________________________

D. H. Lawrence is dying. Exiled in the Mediterranean, he dreams of the past. There are the years early in his marriage during the war, where his desperation drives him to commit a terrible betrayal. And there is a woman in an Italian courtyard, her chestnut hair red with summer.

Jacqueline and her husband have already been marked out for greatness. Passing through New York, she slips into a hearing where a book, not a man, is brought to trial.

A young woman and a young man meet amid the restricted section of a famous library, and make love.

Scattered and blown by the winds of history, their stories are bound together, and brought before the jury. On both sides of the Atlantic, society is asking, and continues to ask: is it obscenity - or is it tenderness?

'Gorgeously written and meticulously conceived' DAVID LEAVITT

Review

Alison MacLeod has conjured a hugely daring, intrigue-packed, decade-jumping doorstopper that teasingly blends fiction and actuality with wit and panache ― DAILY MAIL

It's an ambitious sprawl of a book, splendidly extreme in its magnitude, yet always elegant; a defence of complicated thinking and embodied life ― GUARDIAN

What a triumph of skill and imagination is this powerful, moving, brilliant novel! I've never read anything quite like Tenderness, and I doubt I ever will again. This is more than a book about a book; this is a book about living - about really living, at the most dangerous and beautiful edges of the human experience. I stand in awe of Alison MacLeod. She is a novelist operating at the peak of her powers ... Tenderness is an utterly captivating read, and I came away from it with this astonished thought: There's nothing this writer can't do -- ELIZABETH GILBERT

Tenderness is a triumph and it will conquer your heart. Stunning, illuminating, but also, profoundly moving -- ELIF SHAFAK

A compelling read . keen and elegant prose

― LITERARY REVIEW

Gripping new novel... shows a mastery of her craft. a thrilling read ― HARPER'S BAZAAR

With a powerful mixing of the personal and the political, of fact and fiction, Alison MacLeod's latest novel is a sweeping and immersive literary treat ― LIVING MAGAZINE

Glorious and arresting ... A widescreen novel ― OBSERVER

As sublimely crafted as a novel could ever be. I'm in awe of Alison MacLeod's powers. Tenderness is an intricate, mesmerising tapestry of love and regret, prudery and desire, loneliness and togetherness, loyalty and betrayal, and the enigmas and conundrums involved in the art of committing these experiences to the page -- ISABELLA TREE

Gorgeously written and meticulously conceived, Alison MacLeod's Tenderness presents history as it didn't happen, and in so doing casts a new light on history as it did happen -- DAVID LEAVITT

Tenderness is a passionate, epic joy. It's a paean to artistic imagination and freedom, and also to the messy complexity of humanity. The characters leap from the page with astonishing life that is all the more impressive given their historical fame. MacLeod's prose is a masterclass - gripping, lyrical, witty, razor-sharp and filled with, yes, tenderness. I will never forget it -- MADELINE MILLER

Alison MacLeod has bored deep into significant cultural fault-lines of the twentieth century: D. H. Lawrence's grappling with Edwardian England's psychological timidity; America's moment of political optimism with the Kennedys; the trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover. She has disentangled connections - roots - between them and their participants, and emerged with a great sweeping symphony of a novel -- TIM PEARS

Magnificent . MacLeod covers an astonishingly broad range of incidents, eras, and themes in vivid prose, and depicts Lawrence's supporters and opponents with equal insight and empathy . Triumphant . This places MacLeod among the best of contemporary novelists ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Sprawling and ambitious ... Completely engrossing ― GOOD READING MAGAZINE

Fans of Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife will love the epic Tenderness ― VOGUE AUSTRALIA

Tenderness is daring and innovative . MacLeod's Tenderness has many tendrils, but throughout is a constant incantation about the power of fiction. The structure is unexpected and the story is epic and bold, and to quote from the book, it is also big-spirited and alive ― ABC NEWS, Best New Books to Read in September

Book Description

The spellbinding story of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the society that put it on trial: the story of a novel and its ripple effects across half a century, and about the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itself

About the Author

Alison MacLeod is the author of three novels - The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 - and two story collections. She is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award. She was Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester until 2018, when she became Visiting Professor to write full-time. She lives in Brighton.
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  • ISBN: 9781408884676
  • Author: Alison MacLeod
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages: 616
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

The spellbinding story of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the society that put it on trial; the story of a novel and its ripple effects across half a century, and about the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itself.

'A hugely daring, intrigue-packed, decade-jumping doorstopper that teasingly blends fiction and actuality with wit and panache' DAILY MAIL

'A triumph ... it will conquer your heart' ELIF SHAFAK

'Glorious and arresting ... A widescreen novel' OBSERVER

'A passionate, epic joy' MADELINE MILLER

'Powerful, moving, brilliant ... An utterly captivating read' ELIZABETH GILBERT

________________________

D. H. Lawrence is dying. Exiled in the Mediterranean, he dreams of the past. There are the years early in his marriage during the war, where his desperation drives him to commit a terrible betrayal. And there is a woman in an Italian courtyard, her chestnut hair red with summer.

Jacqueline and her husband have already been marked out for greatness. Passing through New York, she slips into a hearing where a book, not a man, is brought to trial.

A young woman and a young man meet amid the restricted section of a famous library, and make love.

Scattered and blown by the winds of history, their stories are bound together, and brought before the jury. On both sides of the Atlantic, society is asking, and continues to ask: is it obscenity - or is it tenderness?

'Gorgeously written and meticulously conceived' DAVID LEAVITT

Review

Alison MacLeod has conjured a hugely daring, intrigue-packed, decade-jumping doorstopper that teasingly blends fiction and actuality with wit and panache ― DAILY MAIL

It's an ambitious sprawl of a book, splendidly extreme in its magnitude, yet always elegant; a defence of complicated thinking and embodied life ― GUARDIAN

What a triumph of skill and imagination is this powerful, moving, brilliant novel! I've never read anything quite like Tenderness, and I doubt I ever will again. This is more than a book about a book; this is a book about living - about really living, at the most dangerous and beautiful edges of the human experience. I stand in awe of Alison MacLeod. She is a novelist operating at the peak of her powers ... Tenderness is an utterly captivating read, and I came away from it with this astonished thought: There's nothing this writer can't do -- ELIZABETH GILBERT

Tenderness is a triumph and it will conquer your heart. Stunning, illuminating, but also, profoundly moving -- ELIF SHAFAK

A compelling read . keen and elegant prose

― LITERARY REVIEW

Gripping new novel... shows a mastery of her craft. a thrilling read ― HARPER'S BAZAAR

With a powerful mixing of the personal and the political, of fact and fiction, Alison MacLeod's latest novel is a sweeping and immersive literary treat ― LIVING MAGAZINE

Glorious and arresting ... A widescreen novel ― OBSERVER

As sublimely crafted as a novel could ever be. I'm in awe of Alison MacLeod's powers. Tenderness is an intricate, mesmerising tapestry of love and regret, prudery and desire, loneliness and togetherness, loyalty and betrayal, and the enigmas and conundrums involved in the art of committing these experiences to the page -- ISABELLA TREE

Gorgeously written and meticulously conceived, Alison MacLeod's Tenderness presents history as it didn't happen, and in so doing casts a new light on history as it did happen -- DAVID LEAVITT

Tenderness is a passionate, epic joy. It's a paean to artistic imagination and freedom, and also to the messy complexity of humanity. The characters leap from the page with astonishing life that is all the more impressive given their historical fame. MacLeod's prose is a masterclass - gripping, lyrical, witty, razor-sharp and filled with, yes, tenderness. I will never forget it -- MADELINE MILLER

Alison MacLeod has bored deep into significant cultural fault-lines of the twentieth century: D. H. Lawrence's grappling with Edwardian England's psychological timidity; America's moment of political optimism with the Kennedys; the trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover. She has disentangled connections - roots - between them and their participants, and emerged with a great sweeping symphony of a novel -- TIM PEARS

Magnificent . MacLeod covers an astonishingly broad range of incidents, eras, and themes in vivid prose, and depicts Lawrence's supporters and opponents with equal insight and empathy . Triumphant . This places MacLeod among the best of contemporary novelists ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Sprawling and ambitious ... Completely engrossing ― GOOD READING MAGAZINE

Fans of Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife will love the epic Tenderness ― VOGUE AUSTRALIA

Tenderness is daring and innovative . MacLeod's Tenderness has many tendrils, but throughout is a constant incantation about the power of fiction. The structure is unexpected and the story is epic and bold, and to quote from the book, it is also big-spirited and alive ― ABC NEWS, Best New Books to Read in September

Book Description

The spellbinding story of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the society that put it on trial: the story of a novel and its ripple effects across half a century, and about the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itself

About the Author

Alison MacLeod is the author of three novels - The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 - and two story collections. She is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award. She was Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester until 2018, when she became Visiting Professor to write full-time. She lives in Brighton.

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