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  • Published: 25 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781448162611
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

A Whistling Woman

Reissued with a beautiful new illustrative cover. As Frederica embarks on a new career in London, tumultuous events are unfolding in her home county of Yorkshire

It is 1968 and Frederica Potter is surprised to find herself embarking on a new career in television. While she endeavours to navigate this fast-paced and occasionally bewildering industry, her lover John takes up a post working with a pair of unusual scientists. Yet in Frederica's home county of Yorkshire, tumultuous events are unfolding. Soon her future, and that of the people closest to her, begins to look rather different.


  • Published: 25 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781448162611
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

A S Byatt

A.S. Byatt is a novelist, short-story writer and critic of international renown. Her novels include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize 1990), the Frederica Quartet and The Children’s Book, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999, and was awarded the Erasmus Prize 2016 for her ‘inspiring contribution to life writing’ and the Pak Kyongni Prize 2017. In 2018 she received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.

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Praise for A Whistling Woman

Full of new energy and a sense of new directions... The plot has a driving ferocity, the huge and extraordinary cast marshaled with exceptional dexterity


In this concluding installment [of her quartet of novels], Byatt blends her own excitement at 'intellectual curiosity of any kind' with a lucid narrative and gripping plot... I suspect her fans will be hoping for a fifth


An intellectual adventure full of energy and vitality-[with] solid delights, keen and demanding pleasure


Rich in metaphor and glancing allusion... Predominantly a novel of ideas. It makes a fine conclusion to the quartet

The Economist

Brilliant and densely written...it's an absorbing read

Daily Mail

A vast, intricate and highly readable tale of intellectual curiosity spanning the tensions between ideas and religion, science and television, anarchy and the intellectual establishment, the counterculture and academia, visionaries and madness The hothouse atmosphere of experimentation and the quest for new ways of seeing and being is tackled with questioning perception.

Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

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