A Theatre for Dreamers: A Novel

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HarperCollins Canada, May 11, 2021 - Fiction - 368 pages

1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled queen and king of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle: its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen; his dazzling wife, Marianne Ihlen; and the young Canadian poet Leonard Cohen.

Into their midst arrives Erica, a teenager with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted, as a paradise unravels.

Burning with the heat and light of Greece, A Theatre for Dreamers is a spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost, and about the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius.

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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

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About the author (2021)

POLLY SAMSON’s first novel, Out of the Picture, was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Award, and many of her stories, including those from her first collection, Lying in Bed, have been read on the BBC’s Radio 4. A second collection, Perfect Lives, was a BBC Book at Bedtime. Samson has written an introduction for a collection of Daphne du Maurier’s earliest stories and has been a judge for the Costa Book Awards. Her novel The Kindness was named Book of the Year by the Times and the Observer. She is currently writing the introductions to new editions of Charmian Clift’s Peel Me a Lotus and Mermaid Singing. Samson has written lyrics for four number-one albums and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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