Described by the Guardian as 'one of the most astute authors writing today', Alison MacLeod's work has been awarded the Olive Cook Award, the Eccles British Library Writer's Award, shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, the Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award, the Edge Hill Prize and Canada's Governor General's Award for Fiction, and longlisted for the Man Booker PrizeBold, sensual, powerful and exhilarating, Tenderness is a strikingly original imagining of the book that changed the world, and the trials that changed society, which will enthral fans of Michael Cunningham's The Hours and Barbara Kingsolver's The LacunaBacked by a major campaign on publication and published in the wake of the Chatterley trial's sixtieth anniversary, Tenderness will be a literary event in Autumn 2021Alison MacLeod is the author of three novels - The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 - and two story collections. She is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award. She was Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester until 2018, when she became Visiting Professor to write full-time. She lives in Brighton.The spellbinding story of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the society that put it on trial; the story of a novel and its ripple effects across half a century, and about the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itself. 'A hugely daring, intrigue-packed, decade-jumping doorstopper that teasingly blends fiction and actuality with wit and panache' DAILY MAIL 'A triumph ... it will conquer your heart' ELIF SHAFAK 'Glorious and arresting ... A widescreen novel' OBSERVER 'A passionate, epic joy' MADELINE MILLER 'Powerful, moving, brilliant ... An utterly captivating read' ELIZABETH GILBERT ________________________ D. H. Lawrence is dying. Exiled in the Mediterranean, he dreams of the past. There are the years early in his marriage during the war, where his desperation drives him to commit a terrible betrayal. And there is a woman in an Italian courtyard, her chestnut hair red with summer. Jacqueline and her husband have already been marked out for greatness. Passing through New York, she slips into a hearing where a book, not a man, is brought to trial. A young woman and a young man meet amid the restricted section of a famous library, and make love. Scattered and blown by the winds of history, their stories are bound together, and brought before the jury. On both sides of the Atlantic, society is asking, and continues to ask: is it obscenity - or is it tenderness? 'Gorgeously written and meticulously conceived' DAVID LEAVITTThe spellbinding story of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the society that put it on trial: the story of a novel and its ripple effects across half a century, and about the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itselfAlison MacLeod has conjured a hugely daring, intrigue-packed, decade-jumping doorstopper that teasingly blends fiction and actuality with wit and panacheIt's an ambitious sprawl of a book, splendidly extreme in its magnitude, yet always elegant; a defence of complicated thinking and embodied lifeWhat a triumph of skill and imagination is this powerful, moving, brilliant novel! I've never read anything quite like Tenderness, and I doubt I ever will again. This is more than a book about a book; this is a book about living - about really living, at the most dangerous and beautiful edges of the human experience. I stand in awe of Alison MacLeod. She is a novelist operating at the peak of her powers ... Tenderness is an utterly captivating read, and I came away from it with this astonished thought: There's nothing this writer can't doTenderness is a triumph and it will conquer your heart. Stunning, illuminating, but also, profoundly movingA propulsive, addictive, joyous readWeaving together fact and fiction with impressive skill ... Tenderness is a significant achievement, as life-affirming as Lawrence's own fiction always aimed to beGripping new novel... shows a mastery of her craft. a thrilling readGlorious and arresting ... A widescreen novelA work of huge imaginationA compelling read . keen and elegant proseWith a powerful mixing of the personal and the political, of fact and fiction, Alison MacLeod's latest novel is a sweeping and immersive literary treatAs sublimely crafted as a novel could ever be. I'm in awe of Alison MacLeod's powers. Tenderness is an intricate, mesmerising tapestry of love and regret, prudery and desire, loneliness and togetherness, loyalty and betrayal, and the enigmas and conundrums involved in the art of committing these experiences to the pageGorgeously written and meticulously conceived, Alison MacLeod's Tenderness presents history as it didn't happen, and in so doing casts a new light on history as it did happenTenderness is a passionate, epic joy. It's a paean to artistic imagination and freedom, and also to the messy complexity of humanity. The characters leap from the page with astonishing life that is all the more impressive given their historical fame. MacLeod's prose is a masterclass - gripping, lyrical, witty, razor-sharp and filled with, yes, tenderness. I will never forget itAlison MacLeod has bored deep into significant cultural fault-lines of the twentieth century: D. H. Lawrence's grappling with Edwardian England's psychological timidity; America's moment of political optimism with the Kennedys; the trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover. She has disentangled connections - roots - between them and their participants, and emerged with a great sweeping symphony of a novelShe has produced a meticulously researched account ... This is a vol-au-vent . and it will change forever the way we read Lady Chatterley Magnificent . MacLeod covers an astonishingly broad range of incidents, eras, and themes in vivid prose, and depicts Lawrence's supporters and opponents with equal insight and empathy . Triumphant . This places MacLeod among the best of contemporary novelistsSprawling and ambitious ... Completely engrossingFans of Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife will love the epic TendernessTenderness is daring and innovative . MacLeod's Tenderness has many tendrils, but throughout is a constant incantation about the power of fiction. The structure is unexpected and the story is epic and bold, and to quote from the book, it is also big-spirited and aliveAn exploration of society's reaction to the infamous Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itselfA joyous celebration of the artistic life by a writer who takes courageous flight
Alison MacLeod is the author of three novels - The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 - and two story collections. She is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award. She was Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester until 2018, when she became Visiting Professor to write full-time. She lives in Brighton.