The Crimson Petal and
the White meets Fight Club in
this page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons
in late-eighteenth-century England.
Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine manor house, from the
world of street fighters to the world of champions, The Fair Fight is a vivid, propulsive historical novel announcing
the arrival of a dynamic new talent.
Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn’t expect much for herself
beyond abuse. While her sister’s beauty affords a certain degree of comfort,
Ruth’s harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery. That is until she meets
pugilist patron Granville Dryer and discovers her true calling—fighting bare
knuckles in the prize rings of Bristol.
Manor-born Charlotte has a different cross to bear. Scarred
by smallpox, stifled by her social and romantic options, and trapped in twisted
power games with her wastrel brother, she is desperate for an escape.
After a disastrous, life-changing fight sidelines Ruth, the
two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both of them. When Charlotte
presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition, Ruth pushes dainty Charlotte
to enter the ring herself and learn the power of her own strength.
A gripping, page-turning story about people struggling to
transcend the circumstances into which they were born and fighting for their
own places in society, The Fair Fight
is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention, and fighting one’s way
to the top. Download and start listening now!