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A dictator's wife, overthrown and awaiting trial, pleads her case to a young female lawyer, while also drawing her into a tangled web of lies and dark, dangerous secrets. This dazzling and devastating debut is a Lead Launch for Headline Review for Spring 2021.

'I am not my husband. I am innocent. Do you believe me?'

'A remarkable new talent' ANTHONY HOROWITZ

The beautiful, enigmatic wife of a feared dictator stands trial for her late husband's crimes against the people. The world will finally know the truth. But whose?

'A gripping and moving debut from a talent to watch' HARLAN COBEN

'A darkly atmospheric, rich, compulsive and page-turning read' KATE HAMER

'One of the most original debuts I have read' DAISY GOODWIN

'Such a fascinating exploration of absolute power, female agency and the complexities of complicity. Atmospheric, claustrophobic and so elegantly written' ELLERY LLOYD

'What a debut. This book is magnificent' CHARLOTTE PHILBY

'Excellent - horrifying and immersive with its strong characterisation and nightmare-like atmosphere' HARRIET TYCE

'Engrossing, evocative, chillingly claustrophobic and wonderfully written' KAREN HAMILTON

WOMAN

I learned early in life how to survive. A skill that became vital in my position.

WIFE

I was given no power, yet I was expected to hold my own with the most powerful man in the country.

MOTHER OF THE NATION

My people were my children. I stood between him and them.

I am not the person they say I am.

I am not my husband.

I am innocent.

Do you believe me?

Visceral and thought provoking, haunting and heartbreaking, The Dictator's Wife will hold you in its grip until its powerful conclusion and keep you turning the pages long into the night...

Details

ISBN13: 9781472276315
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 416
Edition:
Publication Date: 17 Feb 2022
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.2(L) x 3.6(W)520
Weight (gm): 520

Author Biography

Freya Berry was born in 1991, studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked for several years as a financial and political journalist at Reuters and then the Daily Mail. Freya splits her time between London and the Welsh coast. The Dictator's Wife is her debut novel, inspired by the close observation of the wives of some of the world's most powerful leaders.

Reviews

A gripping, intelligent, utterly-of-the-moment thriller -- EMMA STONEX, bestselling author of The Lamplighters

A remarkable new talent

-- ANTHONY HOROWITZ, bestselling author of A Line to Kill
This book is magnificent -- CHARLOTTE PHILBY, bestselling author of A Double Life
A captivating story of women's power, love and secrets. As timely and profound as it is unforgettable. The ending left me breathless -- LARA PRESCOTT, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept
A gripping and moving debut from a talent to watch -- HARLAN COBEN
A fascinating exploration of absolute power, female agency and the complexities of complicity. Atmospheric, claustrophobic and so elegantly written -- ELLERY LLOYD
A darkly atmospheric, rich, compulsive and page-turning read -- KATE HAMER
One of the most original debuts I have read -- DAISY GOODWIN
Excellent. Horrifying and immersive with strong characterisation and atmosphere -- HARRIET TYCE
Engrossing, evocative, chillingly claustrophobic. Wonderfully written -- KAREN HAMILTON
A thrilling novel -- OLIVIA VINALL
The Dictator's Wife: The darkly gripping debut novel EVERYONE is talking about in 2022
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