Winter is the third book by Christopher Nicholson and is an imagined account of a crisis in the career of Thomas Hardy.
Set in the English Countryside, it weaves the narrative between three characters; the elderly Hardy, his middle-aged wife and a local actress who plays the lead in a stage adaptation of Tess of the D’urbervilles. The novel is set in Dorchester during a harsh winter in 1920 and details the growing affections between Hardy and a much younger actress, to the despair of his wife. Detailing the winter of the life of one of the most formidable writers in the literary canon, this novel sheds new light on the intricacies of the man’s relationship to other people, an illuminating read.
Further recommended reading:The Elephant Keeper (2009)