Rebecca F. John
A feminist reimagining of the story of Fantine from Les Miserables
1815. Life is hard for Fannie working at the factory, with only sweet memories of her ‘gentleman’ and daughter to sustain her. But when she is revealed as an unmarried mother and fired, she is forced to take greater and greater risks to get money for her child. A story of desperation, but also of love and the soaring power of hope.
‘The past is beautifully evoked by John’s writing, sometimes with disturbing, visceral intensity. This is a lyrical, heartbreaking retelling.’ Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den.
‘Phenomenal. Exquisite writing, utterly immersive, gripping and heartfelt, I loved every moment’ Liz Hyder, author of The Gifts.
SHORTLISTED FOR WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023
24 February 2022