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About the Author
Anna Freeman supported herself during the writing of this book by bartending at the Hatchet Inn in Bristol, the very pub where this female pugilism took root over two hundred years ago. This is her first novel. She lives in Bristol.
Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Steve West portrays the upper-class men...Fiona Hardingham uses a broad accent to portray Ruth, a lowborn bare-knuckle pugilist...[and] Justine Eyre portrays Charlotte's parts with a smoky voice and crisp accents...Hardingham, Eyre, and West join forces to enthrall, repel, and horrify listeners.-- "AudioFile"
A hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority, and, above all, terrific flair.-- "Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author"
The Fair Fight breathes, shouts, and swears, confident in its form and bold as brass in its execution.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Freeman's familiarity with this rough and raunchy period of history and her wonderfully imagined cast of characters, often down but never out, make this a brilliant debut novel.-- " Times (London)"
[A] cracking debut...A lively, rambunctious read.-- "Sunday Express (London)"
Outstanding...It is a nuanced portrayal of class and gender equality that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages...Thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
Great characters and wild turns of events make this book a knockout.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Fighting (literally) for their own place in the world, they discover a strength they never knew they had.-- "BookPage"
Freeman cleverly uses Ruth and Charlotte to show how nineteenth-century women, no matter their circumstances, had few choices in their lives. Her evocation of the seedier aspects of Georgian England is persuasive, even for readers who don't know a cove from a cull.-- "Publishers Weekly"
In sensuous, evocative prose, The Fair Fight wholly captures the spirit of eighteenth century Bristol's female pugilists and their patrons. An absorbing, bawdy tale of passion, class conflict, and surprising friendship, it's a fabulous piece of writing.-- "Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls"