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A late fling: Free Love, by Tessa Hadley, reviewed

15 January 2022

9:00 AM

15 January 2022

9:00 AM

Free Love Tessa Hadley

Cape, pp.288, 16.99

Tessa Hadley is the queen of the portentous evening, the pregnant light and the carefully composed life unwittingly waiting to be unravelled. Free Love, like its predecessor Late in the Day, begins on one such evening. The year is 1967 and Phyllis, a suburban housewife, is applying her make-up. She and her husband, a ‘respected Arabist’, are expecting the son of a family friend for dinner.

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