Sunday, October 25, 2pm: As part of our ‘Frills and Fisticuffs’ celebration of Georgian England, Anna Freeman transports us back to 1799 and the mean streets of Bristol for the setting of her raucous and intoxicating debut novel, The Fair Fight.
Fearless, the youngster soon rules the blood-spattered sawdust in the infamous Hatchett inn.
Meanwhile, in the shadows is Dryer’s rich, genteel wife Charlotte, who has lost most of her family to small pox and hides from the world behind a gin glass.
As Dryer side-lines Ruth after a disastrous fight, Ruth and Charlotte are drawn to each other across the social divide.
With a cast of colourful characters, The Fair Fight is an unforgettable story that takes the reader straight to the sounds and smells of the Bristol streets.
Tackling gender and societal issues, as well as the rise of the bourgeoisie, this is historical fiction at its best.
After 10 years travelling the world, having adventures and mostly supporting herself through pub work, 27-year-old Freeman moved back to Bristol and did a BA Hons in Creative writing at Bath Spa University, followed by an MA at Manchester Met.
By the end of the MA she had the first draft of The Fair Fight written and a part-time lecturing position secured at Bath Spa University.
Freeman is a slam-winning performance poet appearing at festivals across Britain, including Latitude and Cheltenham.
The Fair Fight was recently shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2015 and was the unanimous winner of the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize 2013.
Sunday, October 25. The Beacon, Wantage. Time: 2pm Ticket: £6
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