Books by Esther Freud

MR. MAC AND ME by Esther Freud
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A touching coming-of-age story, powerfully but gracefully infused with a spirit of place, which also pays tribute to a revered artist."
For a teenage boy living on the coast of England in 1914, change is everywhere. Freud's (Lucky Break, 2011, etc.) evocative new novel intermingles the dawning consciousness of an imaginative, creative child, who meets a real artist, with the irreversible alteration brought to a small community by the start of World War I.
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LUCKY BREAK by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"News brings a touch of irony to the red carpet."
Glimpsed in scenes spanning 14 years, a handful of aspiring actors suffer professional highs, lows, indignities and strokes of fortune in this absorbing, lightly comic novel by the noted British writer. Read full book review >
LOVE FALLS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

"Familiar characters and situations, smooth but lackluster prose and oversaturated local color."
In Freud's sixth book (The Sea House, 2004, etc.), 17-year-old Lara accompanies the father she barely knows to stay with his ailing friend Caroline at her Italian villa. Read full book review >
THE SEA HOUSE by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2004

"Intelligent and reflective, but curiously unmoving."
British novelist Freud (Summer at Gaglow, 1998, etc.) traces two adulterous love affairs, separated by half a century, in the seaside village of Steerborough. Read full book review >
SUMMER AT GAGLOW by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 1998

"A skilled, if somewhat uneven, performance."
A shrewdly observant, emotionally astute postmodern version of a family saga. Read full book review >
PEERLESS FLATS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Sensitive, subtly humorous, and evocative of the underside of London life, but without the depth or resolution of a satisfying novel."
Actress/second-novelist Freud (Hideous Kinky, 1992) returns with a limp tale of an acting student enduring poverty, a shattered family life, and postadolescent sexual confusion in a shabby backwater of modern-day London. Read full book review >
HIDEOUS KINKY by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Best as travelogue: a fluently written inside view of Morocco."
A young English child recounts travels and a lengthy sojourn in North Africa with her freedom-loving mother and security-seeking older sister—in the fiction debut of a London-born actress. Read full book review >