Fair Rosaline: The most exciting historical retelling of 2023: a subversive, powerful untelling of Romeo and Juliet by Natasha Solomons
'Irresistible' Jennifer Saint
'Spellbinding' Elodie Harper
THE GREATEST EVER LOVE STORY WAS A LIE . . .
The first time Romeo Montague sees young Rosaline Capulet he falls instantly in love.
Rosaline, headstrong and independent, is unsure of Romeo's attentions but with her father determined that she join a convent, this handsome and charming stranger offers her the chance of a different life.
Soon though, Rosaline begins to doubt all that Romeo has told her. She breaks off the match, only for Romeo's gaze to turn towards her cousin, thirteen-year-old Juliet. Gradually Rosaline realises that it is not only Juliet's reputation at stake, but her life.
With only hours remaining before she will be banished behind the nunnery walls, will Rosaline save Juliet from her Romeo? Or can this story only ever end one way?
A subversive, powerful untelling of Shakespeare's best-known tale, narrated by a fierce, forgotten voice: this is Rosaline's story.
Hamnet meets My Dark Vanessa in this fierce, feminist, intensely gripping novel; captivating and chillingly relevant, FAIR ROSALINE takes everything you thought you knew about Romeo and Juliet and turns it on its head . . .
'Irresistible. An excellent spin on a timeless classic'
'I have not been able to stop thinking about this book . . . Fair Rosaline is a gripping, spellbinding and wonderfully immersive book - and one that truly makes you think. I would be very surprised if everyone is not talking about it this summer'
'A brilliant and beguiling re-imagining of the Romeo and Juliet story. A terrific novel - very clever and alluring'
'Thought-provoking . . . a rich and atmospheric work that, despite its historical setting, feels intensely relatable thanks to Solomons' resilient heroine'
Katherine J. Chen, author of Joan
'Masterfully weaves Shakespeare's classic play into a gripping story of female agency and strength. Rosaline is a compelling heroine and I was rooting for her from the first page'
Isabelle Schuler, author of Lady Macbethad
'Intelligent, imaginative, irreverent. Solomons has created a gripping Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century'
'A brilliant, feminist re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet. I absolutely devoured this thought-provoking, female-centric take on Shakespeare'
Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools
'Exquisitely written, wonderfully lyrical and richly immersive - this a story we all know made fresh and chillingly relevant, refracted through a feminist lens'
*SELECTED AS ONE TO WATCH IN 2023 IN THE EVENING STANDARD*