Fred & Edie

Fred & Edie

Book - 2001
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London, 1922, Edith Thompson, an attractive, confident, financially independent 27-year-old woman, had married during the Great War but soon found her suburban life--and husband, Percy--stifling. Excited by the new freedoms available to women, dreaming of the kind of romantic and glamorous world she found in novels and films, she took a lover, Frederick Bywaters, who was several years her junior. Never in her wildest dreams could Edie have forseen the devastating end to her illicit romance.
Publisher: New York : Welcome Rain Publishers, 2001, c2000
Edition: 1st Welcome Rain ed
ISBN: 9781566492225
Call Number: F Dawson J
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fred and Edie


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

This compelling novel is based on the tragic story of Edith Thompson, a British woman who was the subject of a famous trial in the 1920’s. Through letters between Edie and her young lover Dawson conveys the seduction and passion, which leads to Edie’s destruction.

Dec 24, 2012

This novel is based on an actual murder trial in the 1920s in Britain and is constructed using real newspaper reports and imagined letters from Edie to her lover. Although the main characters are not particularly likable - Edie seems vain and cut off from the society of the day - the book stands as an indictment against capital punishment.

Sep 02, 2009

Although not a strong sense of style is evident in this retelling of a domestic crime, Edie's voice is so intriguing that you can hardly dismiss it. Based on the true story of the bungling murder of Edith's husband by her lover, the story unwinds in a most shocking way.


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