The Secret Wife
by Mark Lamprell
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Pub Date 29 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 25 Mar 2022
For readers of Robert Hillman and Toni Jordan, and written by an award-winning author and screenwriter, The Secret Wife is 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.
‘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, author of The Deceptions
‘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, author of Fury
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