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

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

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

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.


Frank and captivating ... rich in charm and pathos ... Hodgkin has done both Nancy and herself proud with this fresh portrait of a marriage we thought we knew, and of a woman we have never known well enough -- Miranda Seymour Sunday Times It's a cracking story, and Hodgkin is a meticulous researcher -- Olivia Laing Observer The animating spirit that pulses through this joint biography is to be thoroughly applauded -- D.J Taylor Literary Review This is not just a memoir of her mother. This is the history of a literary wife. On both counts, Hodgkin succeeds beautifully ... Her story is not a footnote; it is absolutely central Independent A truly fascinating account of one of those many women, the wives and the girlfriends and the sisters of famous literary men, who have lived a twilight existence in the shadows of the historical canon. A particularly rich and honest account Scotland on Sunday An enjoyable, revisionist account of a bohemian marriage -- Blake Morrison Guardian

About the Author

Joanna Hodgkin has written several successful psychologial thrillers as Joanna Hines.

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Publication date

1st February 2013


Joanna Hodgkin

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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


352 pages


Biography: literary
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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