Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line,
doing secretarial work at a dentist's office and living in a seedy
boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the
weekend with a childhood friend. Jane has recently married a writer
who is hovering on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or
Bertie, as they call him.
Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his
grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signalling approval. He tells
her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to
take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be
happy with that arrangement.
Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back, Dorothy
free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives
at the house--beautiful Veronica Leslie-Jones--and Dorothy finds
herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal
dramas and wreckage of a militant suffragette march, Dorothy finds
her voice as a writer.
"The Lodger" is a beautifully intimate novel that is at once an
introduction to one of the most important writers of the 20th
century and a compelling story of one woman tormented by
Thomas Dunne Books
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||218 x 145 x 28mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Paper over boards / With dust jacket
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