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'Tenderness' - by Alison MacLeod

In brief

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 

In detail 

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? 

Author Biography 

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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