Amenable Women

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Faber, 2008 - Historical fiction - 344 pages
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Flora Chapman is in her fifties when her husband dies in a bizarre ballooning accident. Seizing upon her new found freedom, she decides to finish the history of their village that Edward had begun. A reference to Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's fourth wife who he rejected for being ugly, captures her imagination as she begins to delve deeper into the life of this neglected figure. Meanwhile, in the Louvre, Holbein's portrait of Anne of Cleves senses the tug of a connection and she begins to tell the story of the injustices she suffered and just how she survived her marriage . . .

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User Review  - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing

Amenable Women by Mavis Cheek - Good Another fun, easy read. Flora's husband is generally known as an eccentric. When he manages to get himself killed in a bizarre accident, Flora is assumed to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - alisonb60 - LibraryThing

Loved this unusual story, well and amusingly told. Mavis Cheek is now on my favourite authors' list. This was the first of her books that I have read but I am now looking for more. Oh, but I would love to see the red dress that Flora wore at the end of the story :-) Read full review


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Mavis Cheek was born and grew up in Wimbledon. She began her working life at Editions Alecto, the contemporary art publishers. After Alecto, she attended Hillcroft College for Women from where she graduated in Arts. After her daughter Bella was born, she began her writing career in earnest; journalism and travel writing at first, then short stories, and eventually, in 1988, her novel Pause Between Acts was published by Bodley Head and won the She/John Menzies First Novel Prize. She is the author of thirteen novels novels including Mrs Fytton's Country Life , Janice Gentle Gets Sexy and, most recently, Amenable Women which was described in The Times as 'a brilliantly funny, warm, intelligent read'. She now lives and writes in the heart of the English countryside..

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