The Dictator's Wife: The electrifying literary thriller that everyone is talking about this summer

by Freya Berry

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'I am not my husband. I am innocent. Do you believe me?'

The beautiful, enigmatic wife of a feared dictator stands trial for her late husband's crimes against the people. The world will finally know the truth. But whose? A BBC2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick.

'A gripping and moving debut' HARLAN COBEN, Sunday Times bestselling author of Stay Close

'A remarkable new talent' ANTHONY HOROWITZ, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Line to Kill

'A gripping, intelligent, utterly-of-the-moment thriller' EMMA STONEX, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lamplighters

'Compelling, atmospheric. It's BRILLIANT' MARIAN KEYES, Sunday Times bestselling author of Again, Rachel

I learned early in life how to survive. A skill that became vital in my position.

I was given no power, yet I was expected to hold my own with the most powerful man in the country.

My people were my children. I stood between him and them.

I am not the person they say I am.
I am not my husband.
I am innocent.

Do you believe me?

'A captivating story of women's power, love and secrets. As timely and profound as it is unforgettable. The ending left me breathless' LARA PRESCOTT, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept

'A fascinating exploration of absolute power, female agency and the complexities of complicity. Atmospheric, claustrophobic and so elegantly written' ELLERY LLOYD, New York Times bestselling author of The Club

'This book is magnificent' CHARLOTTE PHILBY
'Richly imagined' THE TIMES
'You won't find many better literary debuts than this' NEW EUROPEAN
'Demands to be devoured in one sitting. Sumptuously written... One of the most compelling literary debuts of the year' GLAMOUR
'Spellbinding' JANE SHEMLIT
'Darkly compelling' STYLIST
'One of the most original debuts I have read' DAISY GOODWIN
'A darkly atmospheric, rich, compulsive and page-turning read' KATE HAMER
'An unconventional legal thriller and absorbing debut that is as satisfyingly complex in both its plotting and moral conclusions' EXPRESS
'Excellent. Horrifying and immersive with strong characterisation and atmosphere' HARRIET TYCE
'Engrossing, evocative, chillingly claustrophobic. Wonderfully written' KAREN HAMILTON
'Richly and imaginatively crafted' IRISH INDEPENDENT
'A thrilling novel' OLIVIA VINALL
'A masterful portrait of a self-made woman who is both devil and angel. Like the real-life dictator's wives that inspired her, she's unforgettable' ANIKA SCOTT

Signed, with sprayed edges. Limited to 500 copies.

  • ISBN10 1472276302
  • ISBN13 9781472276308
  • Publish Date 17 February 2022
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Headline Publishing Group
  • Imprint Headline Review
  • Edition Goldsboro Exclusive
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 416
  • Language English
  • Special Signed Sprayed Edges