The Paris Wife

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05 LASTThe Final Betrayal20110318

Paula McLain's fictional memoir told by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

5/5 Hadley's marriage to Ernest Hemingway is coming under increasing strain, both from the pressure of his ambition and from the attentions of the woman Hadley thought was her friend, Pauline Pfeifer, who, it's now clear, is in love with Ernest.

When the three of them are together in the South of France, surrounded by the fast-living crowd gathered at the Murphy's villa, matters come to a head.

Adapted by Sheila Yeger.

Directed by Sara Davies

Hadley: Laurel Lefkow

Hemingway: Julian Ovenden

Ezra Pound: Martin Reeve

Gertrude Stein: Kim Hicks

Scott Fitzgerald: Gerard Cooke

Zelda Fitzgerald: Susannah Hampton

Pauline Pfeifer: Jennifer Lee Jellicorse

01The Wives' Corner20110314

Paula McLain's fictional memoir told by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

1/5 Paula McLain's fictional memoir of Paris in the 1920s is told by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

Hadley is older than Hemingway by nine years, and when the newlyweds arrive in Paris in 1921 she finds herself missing home and feeling like a fish out of water.

But Hemingway adores the city right from the start, and Hadley adores Hem, so she determines to get over her homesickness and fall in love with Paris too.

Before long Hemingway is introduced into the circle of writers and artists who have made the city their own, but after invitations to tea with Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, Hadley realises with dismay that she's expected to join the wives' corner.

Adapted by Sheila Yeger.

Directed by Sara Davies

Hadley: Laurel Lefkow

Hemingway: Julian Ovenden

Ezra Pound: Martin Reeve

Gertrude Stein: Kim Hicks

Scott Fitzgerald: Gerard Cooke

Zelda Fitzgerald: Susannah Hampton

Pauline Pfeifer: Jennifer Lee Jellicorse

02A First Anniversary20110315

Paula McLain's fictional memoir told by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

2/5 Paula McLain's memoir of Paris in the 1920s is narrated by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

As the couple settle down in Paris, and Ernest spends more and more time writing in the room he has rented not far away from their apartment, Hadley tries not to resent the time she spends on her own.

She's promised him she'll never stand in the way of his work, but when he's asked to go to Turkey to report on the war there she begs him not to go, although she knows she'll make him angry.

Her attempt to make amends ends in utter disaster.

Adapted by Sheila Yeger.

Directed by Sara Davies

Hadley: Laurel Lefkow

Hemingway: Julian Ovenden

Ezra Pound: Martin Reeve

Gertrude Stein: Kim Hicks

Scott Fitzgerald: Gerard Cooke

Zelda Fitzgerald: Susannah Hampton

Pauline Pfeifer: Jennifer Lee Jellicorse

03A Disappearance, And An Arrival20110316

Paula McLain's fictional memoir told by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

3/5 Paula McLain's fictional memoir set in Paris in the 1920s is told by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

The couple have now spent over a year in Paris, and have become friends with the circle of expatriate writers and artists who have made the city their home.

Their love for each other has already been tested by Hemingway's single-minded ambition, and now Hadley has to tell him that she's lost a suitcase containing his entire work to date.

As if that isn't bad enough, not long afterwards she has an even more unsettling piece of news for him.

Adapted by Sheila Yeger.

Directed by Sara Davies

Hadley: Laurel Lefkow

Hemingway: Julian Ovenden

Ezra Pound: Martin Reeve

Gertrude Stein: Kim Hicks

Scott Fitzgerald: Gerard Cooke

Zelda Fitzgerald: Susannah Hampton

Pauline Pfeifer: Jennifer Lee Jellicorse

04A New Friend On The Scene20110317

Paula McLain's fictional memoir told by Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife.

4/5 While Hadley enjoys her new role as a mother, Hemingway is becoming increasingly well-known and admired in the circle of expatriate writers and artists who have made their home in Paris.

Hadley's glamorous new friend Pauline introduces them to her fast-living Right Bank crowd, and becomes Hem's champion in his struggle to find a publisher in America.

It's not long before Hadley is feeling that despite all her efforts to be a good and loyal wife, once more she's being left on the outside.

Adapted by Sheila Yeger.

Directed by Sara Davies

Hadley: Laurel Lefkow

Hemingway: Julian Ovenden

Ezra Pound: Martin Reeve

Gertrude Stein: Kim Hicks

Scott Fitzgerald: Gerard Cooke

Zelda Fitzgerald: Susannah Hampton

Pauline Pfeifer: Jennifer Lee Jellicorse