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Love and Fury

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Author: Samantha Silva

Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749027025
Pub. Date: 17th June 2021

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London 1797. Mary Wollstonecraft awaits the arrival of the midwife who will help bring her child into the world, and support her through the testing eleven days that follow.

After the birth, both mother and daughter fight for survival. Even as Mary’s strength wanes, she urgently weaves the tale of her life to bind her frail Little Bird close. 

Wollstonecraft’s journey to vindicate the rights of women spanned Europe and broke the conventions of the time. Amid the triumph and loss, she blazed a trail and passed that legacy on to her child, the future Mary Shelley.

Love and Fury reclaims the all too brief moment when the stories of mother and daughter overlapped. It is a lyrical and moving tribute to an influential thinker and a remarkable woman. 


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‘A thought-provoking, beautifully written story of mothers and daughters’Buzzfeed

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'A luminous love-letter’Annabel Abbs, author of Frieda

‘Intensely moving … Love and Fury is like watching newly colourised archive film burst into life’Bee Rowlatt, author of In Search of Mary

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Mary Wollstonecraft was a writer, thinker and in her own way, a revolutionary. In this novel she is at first presented as a mother, giving birth and failing in health afterwards in the eyes of her midwife, Mrs.Blenkinsop. The baby is nicknamed “little bird”, and will grow up to write a novel which overturned expectations as Mary Shelley. This is not her story, but the story of a woman who had grown up demanding more than conventional marriage. Her back story is told between the observations of Mrs B, a recent widow who becomes totally committed to helping this unusual woman and her tiny child. Moving in its treatment of a difficult birth and woman who realises she is in danger, this is a powerful picture of a woman who had grown up rebelling against her lot and that of all women.Julie Barham

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