The Fair Fight

  • by Anna Freeman
  • Narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Justine Eyre, Steve West
  • 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club in this pause-resistant novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late-18th-century England.
Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine manor house, from the world of street fighters to the world of champions, The Fair Fight is a vivid, propulsive historical novel announcing the arrival of a dynamic new talent.
Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn't expect much for herself beyond abuse. While her sister's beauty affords a certain degree of comfort, Ruth's harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery. That is until she meets pugilist patron Granville Dryer and discovers her true calling - fighting bare knuckles in the prize rings of Bristol.
Manor-born Charlotte has a different cross to bear. Scarred by smallpox, stifled by her social and romantic options, and trapped in twisted power games with her wastrel brother, she is desperate for an escape.
After a disastrous, life-changing fight sidelines Ruth, the two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both of them. When Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition, Ruth pushes dainty Charlotte to enter the ring herself and learn the power of her own strength.
A gripping, page-turning story about people struggling to transcend the circumstances into which they were born and fighting for their own places in society, The Fair Fightis a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention, and fighting one's way to the top.

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A story of the British classes.

I loved the female readers who gave the characters life, from the raunchy Ruth to the socialite Charlotte. The dialect was excellent. Both women were scarred physically and emotionally. This story is a window into the culture of the times. This story is about the weak getting the best of the strong.. Sections of this story are hard to put down;;other sections are slow moving. Give me more stories like this.
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- drruth "Listening to a book read by a good reader takes me back to the art of story telling."

Loved This To Pieces

Fantastic book. A sprawling tale with 3 really wonderful narrators. The women especially were fun to listen to because they were great with the different accents and voices.
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- BookCult

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.