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The Secret Wife

Mark Lamprell



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Text Publishing Company
04 April 2022
For readers of Robert Hillman and Toni Jordan, and written by an award-winning author and screenwriter, The Secret Wife a tense, heartfelt story of female friendship and liberation in the turbulent 1960s
In 1961, on the day that Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to rocket into outer space, Edith Devine moves into her brand-new suburban home-and meets her new neighbour, Frankie Heyman. Frankie is a glamorous, sophisticated foil to the quiet, clever Edith, and the two housewives become firm friends.

Then, when Frankie's domineering husband Ralph refuses to let her get a job, Edith hatches a plan to keep her friend's household running while Frankie secretly goes out to work-and so Edith becomes Frankie's secret wife. As Frankie builds a business empire, Edith runs both their homes- dusting, cleaning and cooking her way through the sexual revolution, the summer of love and the second wave of feminism. Throughout the 1960s, the world's great events seem to be mirrored in the lives of two women-until the day in 1969 when the first humans step out onto the surface of the moon, and Frankie and Edith face a calamitous reckoning.

The Secret Wife is an irresistible story of fierce love, unconditional sacrifice and the transcendent power of pulling together.
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9781922458421
ISBN 10:   1922458422
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Lamprell is a writer of novels and children's books published in sixteen countries and twelve languages, including the novels The Full Ridiculous and A Lover's Guide to Rome. He also works internationally as a writer and director in film, with movie credits including Babe Pig in the City, My Mother Frank, Goddess, A Few Less Men and Never Too Late.

Reviews for The Secret Wife

'Moving, wry and powerful, Mark Lamprell's compelling new novel is laden with secrets and brimming with wit, warmth and razor-sharp observations. I loved it.' * Suzanne Leal * 'What a gorgeous pair of women Lamprell has created in Frankie and Edith. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious-The Secret Wife is a tender love song to a decade that changed the world.' * Kathryn Heyman * 'A stunning debut.' * Courier Mail/Herald Sun on The Full Ridiculous * 'Gorgeous and heartfelt...a portrait of individual crisis and family dysfunctionality.' * Weekend Australian on The Full Ridiculous *

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