Released on 13 February 2014.

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Mrs. Hemingway

A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection

3.8 based on 4418 ratings & 537 reviews on

2014 Long-listed

International Dylan Thomas Prize


'Mrs. Hemingway is so beautifully written, and evocative, that I could not put it down until the last page.' – JoJo Moyes, author of Me Before You.

A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley’s best friend. She is also Ernest’s lover.

Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest’s literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife . . .

Luminous and intoxicating, Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood portrays real lives with rare intimacy and plumbs the depths of the human heart.

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A fascinating, astutely observed, gorgeously written account of the Hemingway wives and their charismatic, enigmatic, troubled and troublesome husband. This is a gem of a book.
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Mrs. Hemingway delves into the lives of Ernest Hemingway's four wives, Wood's meticulous research informing four beautifully written and empathetic novellas.
Daily Express
When the facts of a particular story are in the public domain, the characters lifted from history and the ending already written, what the reader needs is something magical to transport them into the beating heart of that story. In Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood is one such magician. She quilts the facts together masterfully, seamlessly moving between past and present. But, it is the tiny details, the individual stitches, which she possesses with truly supernatural powers: sawdust, the tang of lime, the touch of silk on skin, champagne, cigarette smoke and the 'stirless air'; these are the things that breathe life into the overwhelming, irresistible love these four women felt for this one man, until it's almost as though Ernest Hemingway is in the room, asking the reader to love him too.
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