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Author: Tessa Hadley Narrator: Abigail Thaw Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2019 ISBN: 9780062891402
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The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed by an untimely death in the latest from Tessa Hadley, the acclaimed novelist and short story master who “recruits admirers with each book” (Hilary Mantel).

Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer’s evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia: she is at the hospital. Zach is dead.

In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach, with his generous, grounded spirit, was the irreplaceable one they couldn’t afford to lose. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of loss bringing them closer, the three of them find over the following months that it warps their relationships, as old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, and love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness.

Late in the Day explores the complex webs at the center of our most intimate relationships, to expose how, beneath the seemingly dependable arrangements we make for our lives, lie infinite alternate configurations. Ingeniously moving between past and present and through the intricacies of her characters’ thoughts and interactions, Tessa Hadley once again “crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural” (Washington Post).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A smart exploration of human nature, desire, and friendship.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “The British novelist does what she does best: excavate the tensions and traumas that linger in the most seemingly normal families and relationships.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Reveal[s] the hard edges and silent compromises that shape all relationships.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “This well-drawn and absorbing character study bears all the hallmarks of Hadley’s best work: It’s perceptive, intelligent and written with astonishing emotional depth.”


  • “Quietly riveting…Here as always, Hadley is a master of interpersonal dynamics—the novel captures the complexity of loss…Restrained and tender.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Perceptive, finely wrought…Hadley is a writer of the first order, and this novel gives her the opportunity to explore, with profound incisiveness and depth, the inevitable changes inherent to long-lasting marriages.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In the fine tradition of women’s fiction by authors such as Margaret Drabble, Penelope Lively, and Rachel Cusk exploring relationships among the cultured classes, Hadley’s place is secure.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hadley traces the friends’ relationships through the decades, not only revealing the evolution of their friendships and romances but also the rise and fall of their youthful ambitions and artistic passions. A layered and compelling read.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick of January for Literary Fiction
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Tessa Hadley is the author of several highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, and The London Train, as well as two short story collections. She lives in Cardiff and teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker, Granta and other magazines.

About the Narrator

Abigail Thaw is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.