Released on 13 February 2014.

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Mrs. Hemingway

A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection

3.8 based on 4301 ratings & 528 reviews on

2014 Long-listed

International Dylan Thomas Prize


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 beautiful read and an amazing insight into the life of the man described as a "semi-serial monogamist" who wrote books that "sold like iced daiquiris in hell." Superb
Exquisite. Naomi Wood writes with lightness and grace, deftly evoking history and character and plunging us straight into the heart of each woman's story. Hemingway's wives dance off the page and the reader dances with them, entranced.
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I couldn't resist Mrs. Hemingway . . . I'm very glad I didn't. It's marvellous. I think it's the best book I've read this year: in fact, in a long, long time. The writing is flawless, and combined with the subject, it reminded me why I love writing and reading
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