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Title   Amateurs in Eden : The Story of a Bohemian Marriage : Nancy and Lawrence Durrell 

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Author   HODGKIN Joanna  ISBN   9781844087945  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Virago  Group   Gen Non-F View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Biography  Terms and conditions
Edition   1/2013 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2013 
Subject   Biography: literary 
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Synopsis Nancy Durrell was a woman famous for her silences. Anais Nin said 'I think often of Nancy's most eloquent silences, Nancy talking with her fingers, her hair, her cheeks, a wonderful gift. Music again.' As the first wife Lawrence Durrell, author of The Alexandria Quartet, it is perhaps surprising that she is an unknown entity, a constant presence in the biographies of Durrell and others in the Bloomsbury set, yet always a shadowy figure, beautiful and enigmatic. But who was the woman who was with Durrell during the most important years of his development as a writer? Joanna Hodgkin decides to retrace her mother's fascinating story: the escape from her toxic and mysterious family; the years in bohemian literary London and Paris in the 1930s; marriage to Durrell and their discovery of the 'Eden' of pre-war Corfu and her desperate struggle to survive in Palestine alone with a small child as the British Mandate collapsed. Amateurs in Eden is a fascinating biography of a literary marriage and of an unusual woman struggling to live an independent life.

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