Tenderness, forthcoming 14 September, 2021

‘What a triumph of skill and imagination is this powerful, moving, brilliant novel! I’ve never read anything quite like TENDERNESS, and I doubt I ever will again. This is more than a book about a book; this is a book about living — about really living, at the most dangerous and beautiful edges of the human experience. I stand in awe of Alison MacLeod. She is a novelist operating at the peak of her powers — no less a genius than the master whose work she has so lovingly and shrewdly explored here. She moves across time and space like a wizard, wrapping up fact within fiction so magically that you can’t find a seam anywhere. TENDERNESS is an utterly captivating read, and I came away from it with this astonished thought: There’s nothing this writer can’t do.’ –  ELIZABETH GILBERT, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things

Tenderness is a triumph and it will conquer your heart. Stunning, illuminating, but also, profoundly moving.’ – ELIF SHAFAK, author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World and The Architect’s Apprentice

‘Alison MacLeod has bored deep into significant cultural fault-lines of the twentieth century: DH Lawrence’s grappling with Edwardian England’s psychological timidity; America’s moment of political optimism with the Kennedys; the trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. She has disentangled connections – roots – between them and their participants, and emerged with a great sweeping symphony of a novel.’ – TIM PEARS, author of The West Country Trilogy

‘As sublimely crafted as a novel could ever be. I’m in awe of Alison’s powers. Tenderness is an intricate, mesmerising tapestry of love and regret, prudery and desire, loneliness and togetherness, loyalty and betrayal, and the enigmas and conundrums involved in the art of committing these experiences to the page.’ – ISABELLA TREE, author of Wilding: the return of nature to a British farm

‘TENDERNESS is amazing. It is a book about love and struggle – the subjects of all the greatest novels. It lifted my heart and tore at it. I loved the novel so much I have to go back and read it again. Genius!’
— VICKI FEAVER, author of The Handless Maiden and I Want! I Want!


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