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The Fair Fight

The Fair Fight Best Read || [Anna Freeman] - The Fair Fight, The Fair Fight The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club A page turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth century England Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine m

  • Title: The Fair Fight
  • Author: Anna Freeman
  • ISBN: 9781594633294
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover

The Fair Fight Best Read || [Anna Freeman], The Fair Fight, Anna Freeman, The Fair Fight The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club A page turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth century England Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine manor house from the world of street fighters to the world of champions The Fair Fight is a vivid propulsive historical novel announcing the arrival of a dynamic new talenThe Crimson The Fair Fight Best Read || [Anna Freeman] - The Fair Fight, The Fair Fight The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club A page turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth century England Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine m

  • The Fair Fight Best Read || [Anna Freeman]
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The Fair Fight

About "Anna Freeman"

  1. Anna Freeman

    Anna Freeman is a 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 The Fair Fight is her first novel.

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  1. as a huge sarah waters fan, i feel comfortable declaring that any comparisons between this book and the excellent writing of waters are completely earned like waters, freeman s preoccupation is with the lives of women in a society which affords them few opportunities or diversions, and only the most sordid paths towards financial independenceis takes place in georgian england, and tracks the twisting connections between ruth a woman born to a brothel owner who becomes a pugilist at the ago of te [...]


  2. THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME I LOVE THIS AWESOME BOOK In fact, I just climbed out of my bed late at night due to intrusive, spinning thoughts about how great this book was, and as it seems I can t sleep from the excitement, hopefully writing this will help I got this out of the library but now that I m done I think I d better buy my own copy, not so much because I need to own it as because I should give the lovely and talented Anna Freeman some money She s almost certainly a wonderful person and dese [...]


  3. This book is classed as historical Fiction which is a genre I do actually tend to enjoy a lot, I just don t often have time to get around to it or feel in the mood for it However, despite all that being said when I heard that not only was this a book a lot of people I know and trust seemed to love, but it was also a debut, I wanted to pick it up and try it out.I went into this book not knowing much about it really, and I think that that is probably the best way to enter it It s an Edwardian Engl [...]


  4. I loved this book I just loved it The awesome is just one layer upon another the plot is fascinating, the characters intriguing, the writing spectacular, the author s story amazing.Shamefully, I didn t pen my thoughts back in February when I finished this, because I was just back to work from maternity leave and feeling even sleep lost and fuzzy minded than I am now But ten months later, I m still obsessed with this book, and I hope I can convey enough of what was brilliant to entice some of yo [...]


  5. Ruth is born in a brothel in Victorian England and makes her way in life by bare knuckle boxing Charlotte is born to money and status, but her existence is a total ruin Their paths converge and they must fight often literally against the men who would rule them and decide their fates This is the ballsiest book I ve read in a long time, and I inhaled all 480 pages in a sitting a long sitting, but an engrossing one It s brash and brave and unflinching a violently satisfying read drawn as tight as [...]


  6. The book blurb from the back cover of the book says this is the story of two women from different circumstances and how they profoundly change each other s lives when they meet But the two women don t meet until we are far into the story, though one does have an effect on the other before they are introduced, the description only tells part of the story.There are three narrators each telling this story from their own point of view Ruth, born to the heartless madam of a brothel, at ten years old [...]


  7. My rating 2.5 of 5 stars I d like to say that my beginnings were humble, but they weren t beginnings, because I never really left them but for a short while The Fair Fight is told from three separate points of view that details the way of life for three very different individuals in diverse social classes in 18th century Bristol We re first given Ruth s tale which starts this book off with a bang Born in a brothel, Ruth never had any aspirations of ever rising her station until one day she s see [...]


  8. This book was not for me, which is sad because I know of a lot of people who really liked it However, I got off to a wrong start as I didn t really get on with the very first chapter I understood what was going on, but I felt like it was very confusing and I couldn t really connect with Ruth I was happy to see that the next chapter followed another person s perspective a person that I actually liked reading about and that actually kept my attention This was the part of the book that I ended up l [...]


  9. I m doing something I haven t done before, give 5 stars to a book I feel is not perfect and had some structural flaws The writing is too good, the characters too well drawn, the period so well captured, and the story too unique to not give the author her due.A fabulous debut, centered around two main characters from different classes in the 18th century One raised in a brothel, one in a wealthy household, but both are outsiders due to their physical appearances and their subservience to the men [...]



  10. It seemed so odd and brilliant that women were boxing on stage at the same time that other ladies were fanning themselves and embroidering It s easy to see how this won the Tibor Jones Page turner award in 2013 if nothing else and it is much besides , The Fair Fight is a page turner slow to start George in his boarding school is a chapter to be endured for the sake of the story, rather than enjoyed , it took a while for me to get completely absorbed in this odd tale of eighteenth century pugilis [...]


  11. I can understand the mixed bag of reviews for this It was exciting at times, compelling and often times brutal, I actually flinched when I read some of the descriptions of the fights especially with women fighting off beefy brutes in a ring It was bawdy and sometimes lewd I did like the way the stories of each person intersected with one another I was oftentimes frustrated with George s back and forth yearning for Charlotte, then her brother, what gives But, yes he was clearly a confused individ [...]


  12. What an interesting read The beginning I really didn t like, mostly because of the format than the content The format was less annoying for the second half of the book and was able to enjoy it a bit I didn t really see the need for the male perspective, I was almost compelled to skip over his part because I didn t care for it The women of the book are what made this book a 3 star Ruth was strong and almost felt other worldly because of her up bringing when interacting with other characters Charl [...]


  13. I thought this was going to be about ladies boxing in 18th century England While it contains some boxing amongst females, only a very small amount of the story actually focuses on the subject Most of the story seems to center around a theme of addiction and dependency Gambling addiction Alcohol addiction Dependency on both the mentioned vices and on other people Laziness unwillingness to make do for oneself seems to be another theme as it s common amongst almost all the characters.Ruth is the to [...]


  14. A fantastic, debut historical novel about a female pugilist prize fighter raised in a brothel and the unlikely friendship she forms with an upper class woman The horrifying examination of living conditions and social stratification in late 18th century England never overshadows a plot that one review calls a ripping good yarn The point of view shifts between pugilist Ruth, lady Charlotte, and George, a handsome young friend of Charlotte s brother There s quite a bit of overlap with the character [...]


  15. Well this one is definitely making my favorite books of 2015 list It has everything a person could wish for in a book Female pugilists Gambling dens Orphans growing up in brothels Handsome fops Ladies in corsets Scoundrels everywhere As a huge Jane Austen fan, it was really fun to read something taking place during the same time period in a completely different context, something that s not afraid to delve into the seedy underbelly of English society.The three main characters in this story are a [...]


  16. Actually 4.5 5The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman tells the tale of a part of eighteenth century Britain I had no previous knowledge of, woman pugilists and their patrons, and as a fan of historical fiction, I could not pass up the opportunity to read The Fair Fight, which is set to release in April 2015 Anna Freeman takes the reader through the class structure of England from manor homes to brothels, and the struggle for women to survive, told in a three person narrative, this was a difficult book t [...]


  17. For a story I initially thought would be mainly about badass boxing women, there are sure a lot of chapters dedicated to annoying, sexist men sitting around talking about sexist things The last 100 pages made up for that, though Unfortunately, there s also a lack of actual fighting going on, maybe three total, two official ones.


  18. After a very strange and unusual two weeks during which I couldn t seem to get into a book, finally I ve remembered how to read recommended me The Fair Fight based on something else I d read, quite possibly Golden Hill For once, the algorithms that recommended me Extraordinary Chickens because I m reading Quantum Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality came up with a sensible suggestion I enjoyed this novel immensely, as it combines a beautifully evoked late 18th century [...]


  19. Previously reviewed on The Good, the Bad and the Unread Every so often I come across a really different sort of historical novel, and this is one of them Of course, different doesn t always equate to well written or enjoyable, but I m pleased to report that The Fair Fight stands up very well on both counts, although explaining the plot of such a complex, well populated novel isn t necessarily as easy as just telling readers to rush out and experience the story for themselves However, I shall try [...]


  20. just seemed so odd and brilliant that women were boxing on stage at the same time that other ladies were fanning themselves and embroidering Those words from Horrible Histories inspired Anna Freeman to write a colourful and compelling debut novel.It s set in Bristol in 1799, and it moves between backstreets, brothels and grand houses of the city, as it weaves an elaborate tale of fighters, entrepreneurs, gamblers and spectators, all caught up in the world of boxing.At the centre of the story are [...]


  21. A powerful and in some ways subversive historical novel about a most unusual topic female pugilists in late eighteenth century England Yes, you read that correctly Women boxers were a popular entertainment among both the working class and the upper crust From the backyard boxing rings to the disturbing long term effects of smallpox, readers will be swept up in Freeman s compellingly authentic, not to be missed novel.


  22. Amazing I loved this book Such rich detail and who doesn t want to read a book about girls beating the crap out of each other This historical fiction look at women s boxing was superb I normally wouldn t be interested in a sports book, but this one was not like other s I have read.


  23. Set in the mansions, brothels and mucky bars of 18th century Bristol, The Fair Fight tells the tale of Ruth a young, impoverished girl who, due to her less than perfect looks and hard headed nature, forges a name for herself as a female pugilist, backed and bought by the mysterious Mr Dryer After a twisted fight leaves her battered and bruised beyond recognition, her patron drops her cold, moving on with his prospects towards her burly yet kindhearted husband, Tom a venture for boxing titles tha [...]


  24. Disclaimer I received a free ARC from Riverhead Books via Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.I had high hopes for this book since so many others rated it with 4 5 stars I entered the ring thinking that this book would be a barnburnerense, exciting, a real nail biter like a good boxing match Unfortunately fell short.I feel as though I ve been sucker punched by other reviewers Or as if I m the dope on a ropeexhausted from turning pages weighed down with heavy language unlikeable [...]


  25. The Fair Fight is an adult reading book byAnna Freeman.Ok, I gotta say that this book was weird for me from multiple POVs I typically don t read 18th century historical fiction books because I m an equalist, every person is equal, including gender, race, religion, ethnicity, wealth, and color and history is full of gender inequality Distasteful to me Women in sports including boxing are as welcome as any other sport Ruth s skill in fighting was entertaining The next POV related to a relationship [...]


  26. What a fascinating, thrilling, curious tale I was enthralled and by the time I had gotten 1 3 through, I could barely stand to tear myself away I listened to the audiobook, and the performances were stellar The story was like Sense Sensibility meets Fight Club, which sounds crazy but it totally worked and was satisfying on so many levels Just adored this novel, and was 100% invested in the characters I ll be thinking about them, and this story, for a long while I ll definitely revisit it again.



  27. I really enjoyed this There s not as much boxing as you would expect, given the synopsis, but that wasn t an issue for me I think this novel s strength is found in how it subverts female stereotypes particularly in the Victorian era Female boxing was one example of this, but it was also the most obvious Its metaphor was a bit like a punch to the face HA More interesting was watching the female characters primarily Ruth and Charlotte navigate a patriarchal world They are complex characters, metic [...]


  28. youtube watch v Aqla53.75 5There was a lot to this book than I thought there was going to be I loved getting than one POV in each situation truly amazing how differently people remember things The female characters had this amazing ability to be likeable and not timid and a little strong while still being historically realistic The contrast between the classes was done really well and throughout I found the author did a really good job of making everyone s story realistic while also interestin [...]


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