Stephen Wakelam's account of the relationship between Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence.

0120080331The early meetings of young Florence Dugdale and the greatest writer in England suggest a growing intimacy.
0220080401Thomas Hardy, increasingly dependent upon Florence, engineers a meeting between her and his wife Emma.
0320080402Florence finds herself increasingly uncomfortable in the Hardy household.
After Emma's death, they discover her meticulous accounts of his shortcomings.
0420080403Having rather unromantically become the second Mrs Thomas Hardy, Florence has to witness Hardy's increasing obsession with writing poems about his dead first wife.
05 LAST20080404Florence looks after the great writer in his later years, helps him rewrite history and seems relatively content with her lot.