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  • Free Love is beautifully structured and brilliantly paced. It displays Tessa Hadley's extraordinary skill at making both surface life and deep interiors come fully alive. Phyllis Fischer's quest for love and escape is created with drama and excitement, but also with slow care and real delicacy and sympathy.

    Colm Tóibín
  • A beguiling novel, deceptively easy to read; beneath the surface swim disturbing and age-old questions about freedom and fate.

    Hilary Mantel
  • Honest to god, I utterly LOVED this book!!!!! Tessa Hadley might be my new favourite writer. She just 'gets' people, their flaws, their ignoble impulses, the transcendent moments... she is wonderful.'

    Marian Keyes
  • Free Love is a perfect example of the Tessa Hadley problem: her books are so easy on the eye, such a joy to read, it's possible to forget how artful, profound and subtle they are - and what a great writer she is.

    Geoff Dyer
  • So real and humane and utterly transporting; fresh and yet, with the feeling of a beloved classic.

    Meg Mason
  • I was utterly transported. Tessa Hadley is a true writer and this is such an enthralling novel, just so properly attentive to life.

    Sunjeev Sahota
  • Tessa Hadley knows everything there is to know about the intricate, complex, contradictory workings of the human mind and heart. Her power to embed that understanding in unfailingly intelligent prose is unmatched in contemporary fiction. FREE LOVE is the gorgeous love-child of Henry James and Elizabeth Taylor.

    Neel Mukherjee

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