Hardy online talk: ‘Woman much missed’: The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry

Online talk, Thursday 29 September, 7pm. 

The Chosen is Elizabeth Lowry’s acclaimed new novel about the days immediately following the death of Thomas Hardy’s first wife Emma in 1912, and of Hardy’s writing of Tess of the d’Urbervilles some twenty years earlier. A love story and a ghost story set in the landscape of Hardy’s Wessex, it’s also the story of how some of the greatest love poems in English, the ‘Poems of 1912–13’, came to exist.

Join Elizabeth as she talks about the Hardys’ marriage, the people and places in her novel, and the challenges of reimagining the past.

You can book this online talk here, £5 per screen. 

Woodcut image by Robin Mackenzie.


Our speaker:

Elizabeth Lowry 

Elizabeth Lowry is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Her second novel, Dark Water, was longlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Elizabeth lives and works in Oxford.

The Chosen was a Financial Times Best Summer Books of 2022 choice.

‘Delicate, finely judged and full of insight’ – Hilary Mantel

To read more, please visit Elizabeth’s website 

Elizabeth Lowry

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