A Theatre for Dreamers: The Sunday Times bestseller

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Apr 2, 2020 - Fiction - 368 pages
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'Delicious' Nigella Lawson
'Clever and beguiling' Guardian
'Sublime and immersive' Jojo Moyes

Erica is eighteen and ready for freedom. It's the summer of 1960 when she lands on the sun-baked Greek island of Hydra where she is swept up in a circle of bohemian poets, painters, musicians, writers and artists, living tangled lives. Life on their island paradise is heady, dream-like, a string of seemingly endless summer days. But nothing can last forever.

'A surefire summer hit ... At once a blissful piece of escapism and a powerful meditation on art and sexuality' Observer
'Heady armchair escapism ... An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience' Sunday Times
'If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate' Andrew O'Hagan

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User Review  - nancyadair - LibraryThing

There are no bigger secrets that our parent's lives, unless it is the secrets kept between lovers. When Erica's mother dies she discovers she didn't know her mother at all. She had only seen the woman ... Read full review

A Theater for Dreamers

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Writer and Pink Floyd lyricist Samson’s perceptive latest (after The Kindness) dissects the 1960s expat community on the Greek island of Hydra. Narrator Erica, 18, leaves drab 1960 London with her ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Polly Samson is the author of two short story collections and two previous novels. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, translated into several languages and has been dramatised on BBC Radio 4. A Theatre for Dreamers debuted at number 2 on the Sunday Times bestseller list. She has written lyrics for four Number One albums, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Most recently Polly Samson has written introductions to Muswell Press's 2021 reissues of Charmian Clift's Mermaid Singing and Peel Me a Lotus.

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