Fred & Edie

Fred & Edie

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In December 1922 Edith Thompson, a smart, bright, lower-middle class woman who worked in a milliner's shop, was tried for conspiring with her young lover Frederick Bywaters to murder her husband, Percy. The sensational trial, which took place in front of heaving crowds at the Old Bailey, unravelled a real life drama as exciting as any blockbuster: an illicit love affair, a back-street abortion, domestic violence, murder and a double execution. FRED AND EDIE draws together powerful threads between personal memory and public lives, between innocence and responsibility, and between fact and fiction. It is an exploration of a woman caught in the net of her own private fantasy and the conflicts of the era in which she lived, of her muddled attempt to defy convention and reshape her own destiny, and, finally, of the devastation she left in her wake.
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2000.
ISBN: 9780340751671
Branch Call Number: DAWSO
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 20 cm.
Alternative Title: Fred and Edie


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

This compelling novel is based on the tragic story of Edith Thompson, a British woman who was the subject of a famous trial in the 1920’s. Through letters between Edie and her young lover Dawson conveys the seduction and passion, which leads to Edie’s destruction.

Dec 24, 2012

This novel is based on an actual murder trial in the 1920s in Britain and is constructed using real newspaper reports and imagined letters from Edie to her lover. Although the main characters are not particularly likable - Edie seems vain and cut off from the society of the day - the book stands as an indictment against capital punishment.

Sep 02, 2009

Although not a strong sense of style is evident in this retelling of a domestic crime, Edie's voice is so intriguing that you can hardly dismiss it. Based on the true story of the bungling murder of Edith's husband by her lover, the story unwinds in a most shocking way.

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