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Violets - Alex Hyde

Violets - Alex Hyde
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 Violets - Alex HydeViolets - Alex Hyde 

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Title: Violets

Author:  Alex Hyde

ISBN:  9781783787272

Weight:  706 g

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Violets by Alex Hyde

Longlisted for the 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize, an astonishing debut novel of motherhood and loss in the dying days of the Second World War.


A young woman, Violet, lies in a hospital bed in the closing days of World War Two.  Her pregnancy is over and she is no longer able to conceive.  With her husband deployed in Burma and her friends caught up in transitory love affairs, she must find a way to put herself back together.

In a small, watchful town in the Welsh valleys, another Violet contemplates the fate she shares with her unborn child.  Unwed, an overseas posting offers a temporary way out.  Plunged into the heat and disorder of Naples, her body begins to reveal the responsibility it carries even as she is drawn into the burnished circle of a charismatic new friend, Maggie.

Between these two Violets, sung into being like a babe in a nursery rhyme: a son.  As their lives begin to intertwine, a spellbinding story of women’s courage emerges, suffused with power, lyricism and beauty, from an exhilarating new voice in British fiction.

Peer & Press Reviews

A novel of taut symmetry and dissonance.  War, marriage, affairs, childbirth: all are here, dissolving the gender divisions we still impose on these subjects.  Alex Hyde’s prose is rhythmically acute and emotionally layered.  This is a subtle and daring book.

Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland

This is a profoundly unusual novel, an intricately composed and thoroughly corporeal portrait of the intertwined lives of two women during the war.  Hyde is clearly a writer of talent and ambition: Violets suggests a glittering career ahead.

Alex Preston, Guardian

I loved this moving, graceful novel, which writes through the years with a rare deftness of touch.  Violets has a compelling, quiet power all the way to its exquisitely affecting end.

Megan Hunter, author of The Harpy

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleViolets
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingIndependent bookshop exclusive first edition, first printing
Edition featuresThe distinctive red sprayed page edges of this Independent Bookshop exclusive edition single it out from the standard trade edition.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesDesmond Elliott Prize 2022 – longlist
Media adaptationBBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: five 15-minute episodes, aired Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from Mon 21 Feb 2022.
Book Stats
PublisherGranta Books
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781783787272
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages237
Size (h x w x d)223 x 143 x 27mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographMatthew Dyas
Jacket designAnna Green at Siulen Design
Jacket imagecourtesy of the Stanley Spencer Estate
Image photographHoward Gimber, Trinity House Paintings

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