A Theatre for Dreamers

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Apr 2, 2020 - 304 pages
An Observer Fiction Highlight 2020
'Oh my god, this book! I don't have words to convey its brilliance' MARIAN KEYES
'If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one' ANDREW O'HAGAN
'The best book I've read all year' JOANNE HARRIS
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 king and queen of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle- its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen.

Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, 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 o and 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 (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. Her novel The Kindness was named Book of the Year by The Times and Observer. She has written lyrics for four Number One albums, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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