The Fair Fight

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Riverhead Books
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5.1 X 1.3 X 8.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
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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.


"A ripping fine yarn . . . . Thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended."--Library Journal

"The Fair Fight is a hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it." --New York Times-bestselling author Sarah Waters

"In sensuous, evocative prose, The Fair Fight wholly captures the spirit of 18th 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." --national-bestselling author of The Painted Girls, Cathy Marie Buchanan

"Anna Freeman's familiarity with this rough and raunchy period of history and her wonderfully imagined cast of characters, often down but never out, makes this a brilliant debut novel."--The Times (London)

"Truly bears comparison with Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White as first-time author Freeman ... brings the 18th century to throbbing life, in an immersive novel rich with extraordinary characters and a cracking plot." --The Bookseller

"Lively and original." --The Sunday Times (London)

"Enthralling." --Times Literary Supplement

"[A] cracking debut . . . A lively, rambunctious read."--Sunday Express

"Brash and brave and unflinching- a violently satisfying read drawn as tight as corset stays." --BookRiot