Reading lists

Where to start reading Tessa Hadley

To mark her latest novel Free Love, we explore a writer whose work allows you to see life, love and relationships in a startling new way.

Books by Tessa Hadley
A life well-written: Tessa Hadley's novels

Tessa Hadley is truly a writers' writer. For the past two decades, her short stories and novels have been admired by authors such as Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hilary Mantel and Anne Enright. Hadley writes about the quietly devastating drama of the everyday: lost ambition and unfolding love affairs, cross-generational trauma and the small histories that repeat themselves. Her quintessentially English books perfectly capture familiar moments you'd never thought to focus on before.

With eight novels, among them newcomer Free Love, and three collections of short stories, there's plenty to get stuck into - and this is a good order to read them in.

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more