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2022

Elizabeth Lowry - The Chosen, Hardy Today

Elizabeth Lowry - The Chosen, Hardy Today

A unique combination of love story and ghost story, The Chosen tells the story of the ageing Thomas Hardy, who, in 1912 finds his wife Emma, dying in her bedroom. The day before, he and Emma had exchanged bitter words - leading Hardy to wonder whether all husbands and wives end up as enemies. His family and Florence Dugdale, the much younger woman with whom he has been in a relationship, assume that he will be happy and relieved to be set free. But he is left shattered by the loss.

Elizabeth Lowry was born in Washington DC and lives and works in Oxford. Her first novel, The Bellini Madonna, was published in 2008 to great acclaim; her second, Dark Water, was published in 2018 and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. She is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal.

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