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Esther Freud

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Esther Freud was born in London in 1963.She trained as an actress before writing her first novel Hideous Kinky, published in 1991. Hideous Kinky was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. In 1993 she was chosen by Granta as one of the Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Esther Freud recommends
Anita and Me (1996)
Meera Syal
"A marvellous crash course in Asian/Brummie culture. Funny, moving and packed full of wonderful surprises."
Traplines (1996)
Eden Robinson
"A subtle, brutal and compelling read."
Girl Nobody (1998)
Tomek Tryzna
"A whirlwind... inspired..."
The Scar of David (2006)
Susan Abulhawa
"A powerful and heartbreaking book."
Fair Play (2007)
Tove Jansson
"A book about love - tender, eccentric and fiercely independent. It feels a privilege to read it."
Novel about My Wife (2008)
Emily Perkins
"Brimming with talent."
The Innocents (2012)
Francesca Segal
"A moving, funny, richly drawn story of a young man's attempts to find out who he wants to be when there are so many others who know best. Full of real pleasures and unexpected wisdom, this book sweeps you along."
Shame (2015)
Melanie Finn
"A powerfully evocative novel."
The Beekeeper of Aleppo (2019)
Christy Lefteri
"This book dips below the deafening headlines, and tells a true story with subtlety and power."
The Silence (2020)
Susan Allott
"A darkly gripping and addictive read. I tore through it in a few days."
The Harpy (2020)
Megan Hunter
"It’s utterly compelling and I read it without pause. So precise and darkly truthful. I thought it succeeding in illuminating – with flair and originality – the damage done by betrayal."

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