Fair Rosaline

Natasha Solomons

09 May 2024
9781786582676
400 pages

Synopsis

'IRRESISTIBLE' JENNIFER SAINT
'SPELLBINDING' ELODIE HARPER
'BEGUILING' WILLIAM BOYD
'GRIPPING' ISABELLE SCHULER

THE UNMISSABLE UNTELLING OF ROMEO AND JULIET, NARRATED BY ROSALINE, THE WOMAN ROMEO 'LOVED' FIRST.

Fierce, feminist and intensely gripping - FAIR ROSALINE takes everything you think you know about Romeo & Juliet and turns it on its head . . .

The first time Romeo Montague sees young Rosaline Capulet he falls instantly in love. Rosaline, headstrong and independent, is unsure of Romeo's attentions but with her father determined that she join a convent, this handsome and charming stranger offers her the chance of a different life.

Soon though, Rosaline begins to doubt all that Romeo has told her. She breaks off the match, only for Romeo's gaze to turn towards her cousin, thirteen-year-old Juliet. Gradually Rosaline realises that it is not only Juliet's reputation at stake, but her life.

With only hours remaining before she will be banished behind the nunnery walls, will Rosaline save Juliet from her Romeo? Or can this story only ever end one way?

A subversive, powerful untelling of Shakespeare's best-known tale, narrated by a fierce, forgotten voice: this is Rosaline's story.

'An excellent spin on a timeless classic'
Jennifer Saint
'I have not been able to stop thinking about this book . . . Fair Rosaline is a gripping, spellbinding and wonderfully immersive'
Elodie Harper
'Brilliant and beguiling . . . A terrific novel - very clever and alluring'
William Boyd
'Thought-provoking . . . a rich and atmospheric'
Katherine J. Chen, author of Joan
'A gripping story of female agency and strength. Rosaline is a compelling heroine and I was rooting for her from the first page'
Isabelle Schuler, author of Lady Macbethad
'Intelligent, imaginative, irreverent. A gripping Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century'
Annabel Abbs
'A brilliant, feminist re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet. I absolutely devoured this'
Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools
'Exquisitely written, wonderfully lyrical and richly immersive - this a story we all know made fresh and chillingly relevant'
Ellery Lloyd
'A deliciously dark take on the iconic love story'
Woman & Home
'A dark, powerful and thought-provoking novel'
Culture Fly

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS FOR AUGUST IN THE I NEWSPAPER
A deliciously dark take on the iconic love story.
This sweeping untelling of Shakespeare's most famous love story is subversive and a lot of fun
Immersive, original and thought-provoking, this is brilliantly done