5 speakers 15 minutes each

Fri 29th Nov 2019

Lisa Taddeo - on Life, Love and Desire

Emmanuel Centre

6.45pm

Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman has been a staff writer at The Guardian since 2000, where she has won some awards and lost many more. Her fourth book, House of Glass, will be published in the US (Simon & Schuster) and UK (4t Estate) in March 2020.

Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a world-wide sensation – forever changing how we think about women and desire. All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn’t touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town? All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?

Nearly a decade in the making, Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a global phenomenon. Hailed instantly as a feminist classic, this staggering work of nonfiction is the result of thousands of hours spent in the company of its subjects – three women whose lives reveal profound and previously unspoken truths about life and love, womanhood and desire.

Lisa joins 5x15 for an exclusive In Conversation with the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman.

Praise for Lisa Taddeo:

‘A non-fiction novel of such recurring darkness, truth and astonishment I will probably re-read it every year of my life.’ – Caitlin Moran

‘I don’t say this lightly – the greatest book I’ve ever read about women and desire.’ – Rachel Cooke, Observer

‘Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women offers a fascinating excavation of the intricacies of love and desire, where they conspire and where they conflict. Read this book. You will forever rethink the erotics of women.’ – Esther Perel

‘Three Women examines love and lust, instigation and exploitation, fairytales and infidelity, girlhood and womanhood and motherhood and all the liminal spaces between, and it asks big questions about who we are allowed to be as women. I salute Lisa Taddeo.’ – Elizabeth Day

‘A book that blazes, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are. I’m not sure that a book can do much more.’ – Sunday Times

‘The kind of bold, timely, once-in-a-generation book that every house should have a copy of, and probably will before too long.’ – New Statesman

‘A book with the thrill of the new that you can expect to dominate WhatsApp threads, line tube carriages and pop up in foreign AirBnbs for years to come. Taddeo hasn’t just caught a moment, she has spawned a new genre. Three Women reminds us that it is both wonderful and brutal to be in love.’ – Evening Standard

‘It’s painful and beautiful, gutting and sexy. I don’t think I’ve read a book that has captivated me as intensely as this one, which I still think about, months later, in the quietest hours of the night.’ – Red

‘Three Women is an astonishing act of imaginative empathy and a gift to women around the world who feel like their desires are ignored and their voices aren’t heard. This is a book that blazes, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are. I’m not sure that a book can do much more.’ – Sunday Times