Freya by Anthony Quinn

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As an upmarket thriller and comedy of manners, Curtain Call was a more cohesive whole – it is debatable whether it really needed an encore.
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Set immediately after the end of WWII, Freya explores the lives and friendship of two british females at a time where gender roles were changing in England.

It begins on May 8th, 1945. The streets of London are alive with VE-Day celebrations. In the crowd, twenty-year-old Freya Wyley meets eighteen-year-old Nancy Holdaway. Freya's acerbic wit and free-wheeling politics complement Nancy's gentle, less self-confident nature, and what begins on that eventful day in history is the story of a devoted and competitive friendship that spans two decades.

This heralded novel follows the irrepressible lives of these young women. As Freya chooses journalism and Nancy realizes her ambitions as a novelist, their friendship explores the nuances of sexual, emotional and professional rivalries. They are not immune to the sting of betrayal and the tenderness of reconciliation.

Beneath the relentless thrum of changing times are the eternal battles fought by women in pursuit of independence and the search for love. Stretching from the war haunted halls of Oxford and the Nuremburg trials to the cultural transformations of the early 1960s, Freya presents the portraits of extraordinary women taking arms against a sea of political and personal tumult. Anthony Quinn has created an immersive story of female friendship and the self-discoveries that reveal the mysteries of the human heart.
 

About Anthony Quinn

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Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2014 he was the film critic of the Independent. He is the author of four very successful novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, Half of the Human Race, The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize, and Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday Book Clubs.
 
Published November 7, 2017 by Europa Editions. 466 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Mar 11 2016

As an upmarket thriller and comedy of manners, Curtain Call was a more cohesive whole – it is debatable whether it really needed an encore.

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Good
Reviewed by Anthony Cummins on Feb 28 2016

Certainly there’s enough left hanging by the end to make you think the story of Freya and Nancy could use another volume; here’s hoping.

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