Tessa Hadley: Free Love

In Tessa Hadley’s eighth novel,  middle-aged suburban housewife Phyllis Fischer abandons a conventional buttoned-up existence with civil servant husband Roger and her children and takes off in pursuit of freedom in swinging sixties London. Soon she’s shacked up with Nicky, a pot-smoking, Ginsberg-quoting rake and trying to square her hazy idealism with the reality of a life that seems increasingly botched and broken. In a novel that disavows easy answers, Hadley offers a compassionate, poignant and sensitive insight into the quiet compromises people make to survive in a deeply compromised world. 

Chaired by Claire Malcolm.

‘Achingly moving and real’ Guardian

‘A beautiful and exciting novel’ The Times

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Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


30 Apr 2023


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

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