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Maeve Haran
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3 April 2009
Ann More and her four sisters have been brought up in the beautiful country house of Loseley, near Guildford in Surrey, by their grandparents, Sir William and the Lady Margaret More. Their only brother, Robert, lives with his pompous father and shrewish step-mother nearby. But though the sisters are close, it is Ann who is the most unusual in character. Wilful, argumentative, challenging and fiery, she is handsome rather than beautiful, and has an indomitable spirit. It is this that endears her to her grandfather, who encourages her learning and lets her loose in his well-stocked library to browse the volumes of Latin and Greek. Once her favourite sister Bett is married, Ann is sent to live in York House in London, where her uncle is Lord Keeper of the Seal.Ann knows her father is endeavouring to find her a match in marriage, and she is to be presented at the Court of Queen Elizabeth yet the journey past Nonsuch Palace, through Southwark, the city gates spiked with the heads of recent traitors and across the shining river proves unimaginably exciting. Soon, Ann is quite at home at York House, and there, in the company of her young cousin, she meets the poet John Donne, a man older and wiser than her, whose verse and character she just cannot resist. Rich in period detail, vivid in description and character, "The Lady and the Poet" is an utterly irresistible, compelling historical novel. It is, above all, the passionate story of the love match between one of the most famous poets of all time, and his young bride.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330462466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330462464
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Those who enjoy...The Other Boleyn Girl but look for a more intellectually demanding piece will find this fits the bill.'
-- Catholic Herald

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Ann More and her four sisters have been brought up in the beautiful country house of Loseley, near Guildford in Surrey, by their grandparents, Sir William and the Lady Margaret More. Their only brother, Robert, lives with his pompous father and shrewish step-mother nearby. But though the sisters are close, it is Ann who is the most unusual in character. Wilful, argumentative, challenging and fiery, she is handsome rather than beautiful, and has an indomitable spirit. It is this that endears her to her grandfather, who encourages her learning and lets her loose in his well-stocked library to browse the volumes of Latin and Greek. Once her favourite sister Bett is married, Ann is sent to live in York House in London, where her uncle is Lord Keeper of the Seal. Ann knows her father is endeavouring to find her a match in marriage, and she is to be presented at the Court of Queen Elizabeth yet the journey past Nonsuch Palace, through Southwark, the city gates spiked with the heads of recent traitors and across the shining river proves unimaginably exciting. Soon, Ann is quite at home at York House, and there, in the company of her young cousin, she meets the poet John Donne, a man older and wiser than her, whose verse and character she just cannot resist. Rich in period detail, vivid in description and character, THE LADY AND THE POET is an utterly irresistible, compelling historical novel. It is, above all, the passionate story of the love match between one of the most famous poets of all time, and his young bride.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really should have known better than to expect anything from a book with such a risible title so I guess it's my own fault that I disliked so much of this book. Ann More, the wife of John Donne, is one of those women of whom we know literally nothing and so it's an ideal opportunity for a fictional imagining of who she might have been. But Haran manages to be both incredibly clichéd and, for me, completely unconvincing in historical evocation, characterisation and, most of all, language and tone.

Ann, who is a teenager, probably no more than about 14 at the time she met Donne, is one of those favourites of `historical' authors: the woman who is ahead of her time - i.e. she's actually a modern woman dressed in C16th clothing. So she complains constantly about her lack of education, resists women's skills, refuses to accept a dynastic marriage and wants romance instead. In addition, she does completely inappropriate things: distrusts a midwife and her remedies and so rides off to bring in a farm labourer to help out with a troublesome birth; dresses up in boy's clothes to go off and meet a sexual blackmailer in a brothel...

The actual relationship between Anne and Donne is full of tired romantic clichés: so she is arch and aggressive every time she sees him and can't understand her own feelings or why she gets shivers in her stomach while he's around. Haran also gives her lots of Donne's words, so she talks a lot about fleas, describes America as a `new-found land' (Elegy 19) and describes his `masculine persuasive force' (Elegy 16).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars True love conquers all..... 20 Mar 2010
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Or does it? Ann More comes to London to stay with her aunt and hopefully gain a position in the household of the aging Queen Elizabeth, although Ann's forthright nature is a bit of a hindrance and a slightly disgraced Ann is relegated to assisting in her aunt's household. Ann soon catches the eye of her uncle's secretary and erstwhile poet, John Donne, but she'll have none of him - at first. When the two eventually recognize the love they share they have an uphill battle as Ann must marry when and where her father commands and John is entirely unsuitable for the well-to-do More family. Can true love survive and the lovers surmount the odds against them?

Outside of that I really don't want to go much further. If you know Donne's history you know what happens and if you don't I don't want to spoil it for you. While not the fastest paced book ever written, I found this to be an enjoyable read despite Ann seeming a bit too forthright and modern for the period. Why, oh why are our historic heroines always able to travel anywhere alone unattended, speak out as they please with no consequences, have a great education from an overly doting male relative as well as being able to leap tall buildings with a single bound? Well maybe not the last but you get the picture. A good light read.
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By Nina
Format:Paperback
The lady & the poet is a real page-turner and I found it difficult to put down after I'd started. If you like historical fiction, you'll probably enjoy this one: easy reading, a great plot as well as good research. Set at the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign it describes - narrated from the viewpoint of Ann More - Ann's struggle to be allowed to marry a man of her choice (i.e. the poet John Donne) rather than obeying her father's wish. While this love story is in itself is a great read, I found the book even more appealing as it also tells lots of other stories about how life in the early 1600's might have been: e.g. about the day to day life in London, the (changing) role of women in society, life at court as well as that of servants and gives a glimpse of life in the country at the time. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy-read on the Elizabethan age.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In terms of describing the floor rushes 12 Oct 2012
By Mira
Format:Paperback
I give this book 3 stars. As for the rest, when did historical fiction grow so boring I am being made to look at the detail of these floor rushes?
If I wanted a cure for insomnia I'd go elsewhere.
I don't buy the criticism of Ann being too outspoken for her times.I just am really sorry I bought this book in which nothing happens.
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By L. Bretherton VINE VOICE
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It took me a while to get into this book, because at first there seemed to be just loads of characters being introduced, with very little happening. However, once Ann finally meets John Donne, things look up.

I loved the detail of daily life in Elizabethan times, going to the butcher, the baker, and so on. Don't expect to read a lot about Elizabeth herself, she only makes a couple of appearances in the book, most of which centres around Ann's aunt's house in London, where she ends up living, having excused herself from court, to get away from all the bitchiness going on there.

Of course, this is the story of a teenager in love, and I think the author gets that across very well, that all-encompassing need to be near the object of one's affections, just to stand in the same room as them.

I enjoyed the book more in the second half, once we got on to the story of the secret romance. You can tell that the book has been finely researched, with all the characters based on real lives.

I didn't know much about John Donne before reading this book, least of all anything about his love life, so I found it all quite educational as well as entertaining.

I would have liked a little bit more detail and build-up to the love scenes, but overall, a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the lady and the Poet
the Lady and the Poet is an excellent read , full of well researched materiel, and good characters , the book flows along as all good story's should , making one reluctant to... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by J. D. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Comparing novels on John Donne
If you like Maeve Haran's The Lady and the Poet, which I agree is an enjoyable read, you'll positively love Mary Novik's Conceit, another novel on John Donne. Read more
Published on 24 May 2010 by allan
4.0 out of 5 stars `We are twin souls, you and I.'
Ann More, fourth daughter of George More, and her sisters are brought up by their grandparents in 16th century England (near Guildford in Surrey) after their mother dies. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I really enjoyed the Lady and the poet. It was well written and kept my interest all the way through. We read it in our Book Group and we all were inspired by it. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2009 by D. D. East
5.0 out of 5 stars A super and highly recommended read!
Always a fan of a bit of historical non-fiction with some 'imagination' thrown in to fill the gaps - this book was a wonderfully enjoyable read! Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2009 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance!!!!!
The Lady and the Poet is a classy, stylish and aboveall educational read that made for some thoroughly enjoyable summer reading. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2009 by A. Lalor
4.0 out of 5 stars Immerses you in the Elizabethan period
The love story of Ann More and the poet John Donne is well written and gives you a very good idea of life at the court of Queen Elizabeth, and what it must have been like to be a... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2009 by S. Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction. I found it to be wonderfully written and couldn't put it down.
Published on 27 July 2009 by Mrs. A. Bagshaw
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