The Fair Fight

The Fair Fight

Large Print - 2015
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Some call the prize ring a nursery for vice ...Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring, he trains gutsy Ruth as a pugilist. Soon she rules the blood-spattered sawdust at the infamous Hatchet Inn. Dryer's wife Charlotte lives in the shadows. A grieving orphan, she hides away, scarred by smallpox, ignored by Dryer and engaged in dangerous mind games with her brother. When Dryer sidelines Ruth after a disastrous fight and focuses on training her husband Tom, Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition. As the tension mounts before Tom's Championship fight, two worlds collide with electrifying consequences. THE FAIR FIGHT will take you from a filthy brothel to the finest houses in the town, from the world of street-fighters to the world of champions. Alive with the smells and the sounds of the streets, it is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, MI : Thorndike Press, 2015, c2014
Edition: Thorndike Press large print historical fiction
ISBN: 9781410482587
Branch Call Number: LGP FIC Free
Characteristics: 707 pages

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racquetannie
Apr 25, 2016

A must read for lovers of 18th century historical fiction!

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sagewolfe
Sep 16, 2015

Ooh! 18th Century bare-knuckle boxing, a glimpse at female pugilistic history, and transcendence of social class, politics, and stigma. Need more reasons to read? How about a twisty plot perspective told in three-part disharmony. You gotta place a hold on this one!

KateHillier May 27, 2015

I probably would have preferred it had the novel been limited to perhaps two of the points of view but overall it is a fine historical novel. I first became aware of this book thanks to the tagline about female pugilists. It seemed pretty hardcore and the story you come for is Ruth's. Ruth is brothel raised but knows she probably isn't going to end up one of the girls because of her looks. One day it is discovered that she can fight and one of the gents decides to take her on as a young novelty fighter. I could have read a whole book of just Ruth's story; it was fascinating and you could really hear and feel her voice. Instead of sticking with her story, though, you get Charlotte - the eventual wife of the man who takes Ruth. Charlotte's story is a sad one from the nobility side of things - she is scarred by smallpox and gets treated rather shabbily by her brother (who is painting in sheer adoration from another's point of view) who takes an interest in Ruth herself when they finally, finally meet.

It's a long haul, and I probably would have been much more content had the story just been Charlotte and Ruth but it's a really great read overall. Lots of historical detail, lively prose (you can tell that the author is slam poet), and story that keeps you reading despite any preferences of narrator.

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Urbano
May 18, 2015

A hugely enjoyable read.

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