A Whistling Woman by A.S. Byatt

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A Whistling Woman portrays the antic, thrilling, and dangerous period of the late ‘60s as seen through the eyes of a woman whose life is forever changed by her times.

Frederica Potter, a smart, spirited 33-year-old single mother, lucks into a job hosting a groundbreaking television talk show based in London. Meanwhile, in her native Yorkshire where her lover is involved in academic research, the university is planning a prestigious conference on body and mind, and a group of students and agitators is establishing an “anti-university.” And nearby a therapeutic community is beginning to take the shape of a religious cult under the influence of its charismatic religious leader.

A Whistling Woman is a brilliant and thought-provoking meditation on psychology, science, religion, ethics, and radicalism, and their effects on ordinary lives.


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About A.S. Byatt

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A.S. Byatt is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer's Tale and, most recently, the Man Booker-shortlisted The Children's Book. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A.S. Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999. Visit asbyatt.com for more information.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 450 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Snow’s vast Strangers and Brothers series in the broad sociopolitical range, which extends to the minutiae of genetic research and computer science, the politics of higher education (including the establishment of a combative “anti-university,” on the outskirts of an actual college), and a seemin...

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A Whistling Woman by AS Byatt Chatto and Windus £16.99, pp422 The task which AS Byatt has undertaken in her so-called Frederica Quartet, of which A Whistling Woman is the final instalment, is a formidable one: nothing less than the depiction of the social and imaginative life of England througho...

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A Whistling Woman by AS Byatt 422pp, Chatto & Windus, £16.99 The first thing that you are told about AS Byatt's new novel, if you go in for inspecting publishers' blurbs, is that it "stands on its own";

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Entertainment Weekly

The plethora of characters sometimes drowns out the ''whistling woman'' (presumably free-spirited Frederica), but Byatt's clashes between the intimate and the intellectual make for a raucous, lively work.

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People

If you read every line of Victorian poetry in Possession, the 1990 novel by Byatt that won Britain's Booker Prize (and last year became a Gwyneth Paltrow movie), then you're ready for A Whistling Woman, the final volume of her quartet about England in the '50s and '60s.

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Scotsman.com

A Whistling Woman marks the culmination of a quartet of AS Byatt novels charting English life from the Fifties to 1970.

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London Review of Books

Indeed, to judge by this final instalment in the series, Frederica was not just quibbling over the adjective when she defiantly responded: ‘I won’t be a lady novelist.’ (When we last see her, she has hesitantly embarked on a career in television.) But while Frederica may have no intention of writ...

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Monsters and Critics

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Monsters and Critics

Her 1990 Booker-winning Possession, recently become a film à l'Ondaatje, stands almost anomalously opposed to her quartet of Frederica Potter novels — The Virgin in the Garden (1978), Still Life (1985), Babel Tower (1996) and, now, A Whistling Woman, the brilliant capstone of the grim and gorgeou...

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