Five Days of Fog
Mr B's review
Based on the lives of real women, Freeman’s new novel tells the story of an all-female criminal gang, ‘The Cutters’, operating in London in the 1950’s. The novel has several narrators, but centres around Florrie, the 19-year-old daughter of the gang boss, and next in line to head up ‘The Cutters’. The book spans the 5 days of the Great Smog in 1952, which makes this tight little tale gritty, wicked-fast and oozing with atmosphere.
‘Think Patrick Hamilton meets Peaky Blinders with a feminist twist’ Metro
‘Utterly transporting, read and lose yourself completely’ Stylist
‘A cinematic, rogueish, and utterly entertaining page-turner by the queen of feisty historical women. Goes down in one jewel-fisted slug’ Abigail Tarttelin, author of DEAD GIRLS
‘My mum always said, a fistful of rings is as good as a knuckleduster’
The Great Smog descends on London overnight; a leadership feud breaks out amongst a gang of female thieves who have terrorized the city for years; and Florrie, the girl who is set to inherit the bloody crown, falls in love with a good boy.
Can she find her own path and the courage to stumble along it – in a fog so thick that she can see her own feet?
‘A fascinating insight into early girl gangs, full of menace and gritty glamour’ Sunday Mirror
‘A gripping, greasy, gritty thriller. You’ll be able to taste the fog in the back of your throat’ Red Magazine
Based on the real-life, all-female gang, the Forty Elephants, FIVE DAYS OF FOG is told with verve and style * Bookseller * An exceptional work of historical fiction * NetGalley * Cracking . . . a lively, rambunctious read * SUNDAY EXPRESS on THE FAIR FIGHT * Anna Freeman’s familiarity with this rough and raunchy period of history and her wonderfully imagined cast of characters, often down but never out, makes this a brilliant debut novel * THE TIMES on THE FAIR FIGHT * A hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it — Sarah Waters, on THE FAIR FIGHT A brilliant, bold and unforgettable debut. Freeman transports us to a history we’d never have imagined and makes it viscerally real — Nathan Filer on THE FAIR FIGHT A gripping, greasy, gritty thriller. You’ll be able to taste the fog in the back of your throat. * Red magazine * Freeman is excellent on the grim and violent realities of a life of crime and the queasy moral choices that its followers make. Her gripping novel is suffused with an atmosphere of menace as thick as the London smog of 1952 in which it is set. * Mail on Sunday * Fog descends on a London just out of wartime, a leadership feud stirs disquiet in a gang of female thieves, and the girl who might inherit the bloody crown falls in love with a good boy. But will she be allowed to walk away, or do all women who stand up for themselves have a price to pay? A cinematic, rogueish, and utterly entertaining page-turner by the queen of feisty historical women. Goes down in one jewel-fisted slug. — Abigail Tarttelin, author of DEAD GIRLS Thoroughly at home with her material, the author enjoys herself with her sharply realised cast of characters in her pacy, sometimes brutal, but entertaining novel. * Daily Mail * With a tough, likable protagonist, this is a fascinating and very readable slice of social history, as well as an evocative portrait of a clannish and dangerous world * Guardian * The London fog becomes as potent a presence as any of the characters in a lively story of divided loyalties — Nick Rennison * The Sunday Times * Inspired by the real events of the Great Smog, and providing a fascinating insight into the culture of early girl gangs, this is a pacey tale is full of menace and gritty glamour. * Sunday Mirror * Baby, it’s cold outside and there is literally no better book to curl up with than Five Days Of Fog … An atmospheric and gripping story … Utterly transporting, read and lose yourself completely. * Stylist * Questions of legacy, loyalty and the freedom to determine your own path combine with a propulsive plot in which dank, bombed-out London becomes its own malign character. Think Patrick Hamilton meets Peaky Blinders with a feminist twist. * Metro *
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