Nominated by:

Tampere City Library – Pirkanmaa Regional Library, Finland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Jonathan Cape, UK


Anthony Quinn      

2018 Longlist

Freya Wyley meets Nancy Holdaway amid the wild celebrations of VE Day, the prelude to a devoted and competitive friendship…

Freya, ambitious and outspoken, pursues a career on Fleet Street while Nancy, less self-confident, struggles to get her first novel published. Both friends become entangled with Robert Cosway, a charismatic young man whose own ambition will have a momentous bearing on their lives.

Flitting from war-haunted Oxford to the bright new shallows of the 1960s, Freya plots the unpredictable course of a woman’s life and loves in extraordinary times.

About the author

Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2013 he was the film critic for the Independent. He is the author of six novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award; Half of the Human Race; The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize; Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday Book Clubs; Freya, a Radio 2 Book Club choice and Eureka.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

A masterfully woven take with a delightfully unpredictable yet fully plausible storyline that unfolds without evoking the nagging feeling of déjà-vu (except when intentional). In short, Freya is “a well-made novel with characters and situations that intrigue and provoke us”, like one of its characters might have put it.

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