An Online Talk for Wessex Museums

‘Woman much missed’: The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry

An Online Talk for Wessex Museums

Thursday 29 September 2022, 7pm Online event

£5 per screen

Tickets available through Wessex Museums

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A Financial Times Best Summer Books of 2022 choice

‘Delicate, finely judged and full of insight’ – Hilary Mantel

The Chosen is Elizabeth Lowry’s acclaimed new novel about the days immediately following the death of Thomas Hardy’s first wife Emma in 1912, and of Hardy’s writing of Tess of the d’Urbervilles some twenty years earlier. A love story and a ghost story set in the landscape of Hardy’s Wessex, it’s also the story of how some of the greatest love poems in English, the ‘Poems of 1912–13’, came to exist. Join Elizabeth as she talks about the Hardys’ marriage, the people and places in her novel, and the challenges of reimagining the past.


Elizabeth Lowry is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Her second novel, Dark Water, was longlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Elizabeth lives and works in Oxford. To read more, please visit, or follow her on Twitter (@MElizabethLowry) and Instagram (@melizabethlowry).



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