Fred and Edie is based on a true story. The first third was hard work, the second third interesting but the last third I couldn't put down. This will be one of my best reads for 2008. This novel tells the story of Edith Thompson and her young lover, Frederick Bywaters, who were arrested convicted, and executed for the murder of Edith's husband, Percy. I really enjoyed reading this true crime novel by Jill Dawson. Her writing life began as a poet, her poems being published in a variety of small press magazines, and in one pamphlet collection, White Fish with Painted Nails 1990.
The author has woven those together with some popular culture theories both at the time and after as to what actually happened. It is a fictional version of Edith Thompson's life told in the form of letters which she might have sent to her lover and co-accused Freddy Bywaters from her cell in Holloway prison. This novel incorporates some of her actual letters, though few of Bywaters' as his to her were not found, and were presumed destroyed and newspaper stories of the trial. The Yogis that I read and Buddhist philosophy suggest that we live our lives mostly as a dream - on automatic. The afterword also offers pertinent information on some of the people involved with the real-life case, and other sources for further reading. It is an exploration of a woman caught in the net of her own private fantasy and the conflicts of the era in which she lived, of her muddled attempt to defy convention and reshape her own destiny, and, finally, of the devastation she left in her wake.
I really want to read more work by this writer now. Was it true love, or was Edie simply a vain, silly, unhappy woman whose head was turned by the attention of a dashing, younger man? She won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 1992. Forecast: This title was a finalist for the Whitbread Prize; a film Another Life based on the same incidents premiered in the U. Jill Dawson was born in Durham and grew up in Staffordshire, Essex and Yorkshire. In the other half, Edie tells the story of her unhappy marriage to Percy and her affair with Freddie. The novel develops a sympathetic reading of Edie's understanding of the crime and subsequent incarceration as depicted in her unsent letters to Fred.
Her next novel, The Great Lover, is due for publication in early 2009. Born in Durham, Jill Dawson grew up in Yorkshire. This was a very different book for me and I loved it, I wanted to know more about them and the trial. This will be one of my best reads for 2008. Was Edie a co-conspirator in the murder, or despite her hatred of her husband was she unknowing about his deadly plans? The author has woven those together with some popular culture theories both at I first became aware of Edie Thompson when I read some of her letters to Fred Bywaters in a book of love letters. This came in the mail last week, a BookCrossing bookring. She was remorseless to a point of farce.
She is the author of one book of non-fiction for teenagers, How Do I Look? An award-winning poet, she has also edited several poetry and short story anthologies. And the sex is beautifully written about. I would have preferred something creamier with a pinch of something dangerous: like the porridge she makes for her husband. Shortlisted for the Whitbread and Orange prize this is based on the infamous Thompson and Bywaters murder trial in 1922. The book is based on the true story of Edith Thompson, who, with her lover Freddie Bywaters, was imprisoned and hanged in 1922 London for the murder of her husband Percy.
It is an exploration of a woman caught in the net of her own private fantasy and the conflicts of the era in which she lived, of her muddled attempt to defy convention and reshape her own destiny, and, finally, of the devastation she left in her wake. Percy sucking on his pipe and Freddy squinting into the sun and me without a hat and you, you broad-brimmed and healthy, clutching at your white gloves. Once I made that adjustment, which took about 40 pages, I fell in love with the process. The price may be the seller's own price elsewhere or another seller's price. Half of the story is told through Edie's letters to Freddie while they are both in prison. That Percy turned out to be the last person a highly strung, fantasy loving and passionate woman should have married was the second blow dealt her by an unkind fate.
Certainty of events is not something the novel offers. She is fully alive and present. Unhappy in her marriage and sometimes beaten, Edie is swept away by Freddy with whom she finds comfort and excitement. A riveting story, not so much because of its tragic dimensions, but because of the remarkable degree to which Edie rises from the page to tell her tortured tale. Both reply upon the importance of interpretation and highlight the slippery nature of words. Edie is well-created and projected but, in the end, because everything is told from her point of view apart from the quoted contemporaneous newspaper cuttings it all ends up a little thin like the prison porridge.
I really want to read more work by this writer now. Included in this edition were acknowledgments referencing other books regarding Thompson and Bywaters; I'll be checking into those. Vain to consider that our love might be a real love, on a par with other great loves. Jill Dawson has taught Creative Writing for many years and was recently the Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia. On holiday with Percy, her sister Avis, and Avis's boyfriend, Freddie, the unhappy Edith is taken with Freddie, who has impetuously professed his love for her. At the time, I didn't realize this passionate, eloquent woman and her lover would be tried and convicted of the murder of her husband.
This is wonderful writing and an absorbing look at a life unfolding and a spirit growing because of circumstances. However, 1920s South Essex is conjured beautifull This is engaging and easy to read. Except, as always in Highsmith's troubled life, matters are t quite as they first appear. Her writing life began as a poet, her poems being publish Jill Dawson was born in Durham and grew up in Staffordshire, Essex and Yorkshire. I get the most powerful feeling of how those men in court consider me; silly, vain , those two words come back again and again. Events so far removed from what would happen in a 21st century Britain, it is both informative, and sad.
There is love story; there is legal procedural; there is media circus and Edie's self-examination. Like many book lovers I know, I used to feel terribly guilty about not finishing a book. She has ather motive too - a secret romance with a married lover based in London. Edie and Fred were not glorified in the book, nor condemned, but, instead, were revealed to be real human beings, doing things that were both good and bad. Jill Dawson has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. Plus the historical London setting always puts a nice, atmospheric spin on everything.