Christopher Nicholson’s ‘moving, gripping and illuminating’ novel WINTER is published in paperback, with a stunning new cover, by Fourth Estate today.
The novel tells the story of the celebrated writer Thomas Hardy in later life, his second wife Florence and young actress Gertie, who played Tess of the D’Urbevilles in the stage version of the novel.
The novel has received fantastic reviews, with The Times calling it ‘pitch perfect… it is brave to set yourself up for comparison with an author as great as Hardy but this poetic and unashamedly literary book is good enough not to be embarrassed by the company it seeks to keep.’
The Mail on Sunday wrote ‘it is Hardy’s reflections on love and his impending death that linger longest and give the book its poignancy… WINTER is a memorable portrait of a failed marriage – but there are flashes of humour, too’ and the Guardian described it as ‘Prose of such quality that one does not notice the quality – to describe it as craftsmanlike doesn't do it justice. It is a prose beyond accomplishment, yet which refuses to astonish, and which is utterly appropriate.’
French rights to the novel have recently sold to La Table Ronde, and the book is also due to be published in the US by Europa Editions later this year.
Praise for WINTER:
'A wonderful novel, moving, gripping and illuminating. Keeping closely to the known facts about the triangular relationship between the elderly Thomas Hardy, his second wife Florence, and the beautiful young butcher's wife and amateur actress, Gertrude, Nicholson has used the resources of fiction to represent their emotional lives with intensity and depth.' - David Lodge
‘A superb novel... Beautifully written, very moving.’ – John Boyne, author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS