The Book Club

Paula Byrne: Hardy Women

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In This Episode

My guest on this week’s Book Club podcast is Paula Byrne. In her new book Hardy Women: Mothers, Sisters, Wives, Muses, she investigates the women in the life and work of the great poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. She talks to me about Hardy’s romantic life, the torture he inflicted on the women he fell for, and how – in the bitter words of his first wife Emma – ‘he understands only the women he invents’.