Amateurs in Eden

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

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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 more

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  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • Section: 8, b/w photos
  • 0748131094
  • 9780748131099

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"This is not just a memoir of her mother. This is the history of a literary wife. On both counts, Hodgkin succeeds beautifully . . . [Nancy's] story is not a footnote; it is absolutely central." --"Independent"show more

About Joanna Hodgkin

Joanna Hodgkin has written several successful psychologial thrillers as Joanna more

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