Annabel Abbs’ novel Frieda portrays an unconventional woman who sacrificed her children in favour of supporting the man with whom she had a passionate, scandalous and tempestuous relationship – the writer D.H. Lawrence. A woman ahead of her time, Frieda was the inspiration for Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a novel that was the subject of a notorious obscenity trial due to its explicit description of sex between an upper class woman and working man and the use of a hitherto unprintable expletive. Was being immortalised in a book that changed the course of literature compensation for the tension between freedom and motherhood?
In conversation with Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, whose novel Swan Song (long-listed for the Women’s Prize) re-imagines the rise and fall of Truman Capote and the women who were his muses.
Chaired by Catherine Taylor.