Five Days of Fog
By Anna Freeman
'A cinematic, rogueish, and utterly entertaining page-turner by the queen of feisty historical women. Goes down in one jewel-fisted slug' Abigail Tarttelin, author of DEAD GIRLS
'A gripping, greasy, gritty thriller' Red
'An exceptional work of historical fiction' NetGalley
'Based on the real-life, all-female gang, the Forty Elephants, FIVE DAYS OF FOG is told with verve and style' Bookseller
'My mum always said, a fistful of rings is as good as a knuckleduster'
As the Great Smog falls over London in 1952, Florrie Palmer has a choice to make.
Will she stay with the Cutters, a gang of female criminals who have terrorized London for years and are led by her own mother? Or leave it all behind to make a safer, duller life with the man she loves? And what will she do if she's too crooked to go straight, and too good to go bad?
Over the next five days, Florrie will have to find her own path and the courage to stumble along it - in a fog so thick that she can't see her own feet.
Following the last days of a crumbling female gang in post-war London, this is a story of family, of love, of finding your way, and of deciphering a route through the greyest areas of morality.
Praise for THE FAIR FIGHT:
'The Fair Fight is a hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it' Sarah Waters
'This storming debut is fiction at its most absorbing. It'll be first in line for Freeman's next offering' Stylist
'A brilliant, bold and unforgettable debut. Freeman transports us to a history we'd never have imagined and makes it viscerally real' Nathan Filer
Anna Freeman is an associate lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University as well as a multiple slam-winning performance poet who has appeared at festivals across Britain including Latitude and Glastonbury. She lives in Bristol. Her first novel, THE FAIR FIGHT, was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.
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15 Nov 2018
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A hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it — Sarah Waters, on THE FAIR FIGHT
A brilliant, bold and unforgettable debut. Freeman transports us to a history we'd never have imagined and makes it viscerally real — Nathan Filer on THE FAIR FIGHT
Anna Freeman's familiarity with this rough and raunchy period of history and her wonderfully imagined cast of characters, often down but never out, makes this a brilliant debut novel — THE TIMES on THE FAIR FIGHT
Cracking . . . a lively, rambunctious read — SUNDAY EXPRESS on THE FAIR FIGHT
Fog descends on a London just out of wartime, a leadership feud stirs disquiet in a gang of female thieves, and the girl who might inherit the bloody crown falls in love with a good boy. But will she be allowed to walk away, or do all women who stand up for themselves have a price to pay? A cinematic, rogueish, and utterly entertaining page-turner by the queen of feisty historical women. Goes down in one jewel-fisted slug. — Abigail Tarttelin, author of DEAD GIRLS
An exceptional work of historical fiction — NetGalley
Based on the real-life, all-female gang, the Forty Elephants, FIVE DAYS OF FOG is told with verve and style — Bookseller
A gripping, greasy, gritty thriller. You'll be able to taste the fog in the back of your throat. — Red magazine
Baby, it's cold outside and there is literally no better book to curl up with than Five Days Of Fog ... An atmospheric and gripping story ... Utterly transporting, read and lose yourself completely. — Stylist
Thoroughly at home with her material, the author enjoys herself with her sharply realised cast of characters in her pacy, sometimes brutal, but entertaining novel. — Daily Mail
Questions of legacy, loyalty and the freedom to determine your own path combine with a propulsive plot in which dank, bombed-out London becomes its own malign character. Think Patrick Hamilton meets Peaky Blinders with a feminist twist. — Metro