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Kerry's Review

King Lear's wife is completely absent in Shakespeare's play. This is a remarkable imagining of her story. Absolutely and utterly compelling.


Other Reviews

Giving unforgettable voice to a woman whose absence has been a tantalising mystery, Learwife is a breathtaking novel of loss, renewal and how history bleeds into the present.


Inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear, this breathtaking debut novel tells the story of the most famous woman ever written out of literary history. Publisher's Review


'With Learwife, J.R. Thorp has created an entire world out of a void. A stunning voice, hers is one you will remember, and look out for, in the years to come' JING-JING LEE, author of the Women's Prize-longlisted HOW WE DISAPPEARED


'Thorp has given voices to so many women who have been written out of history, whose names have been forgotten or were never uttered in the first place . . . Learwife is a story about female power; both how vast it can be, and how fragile' Catherine Prasifka