Amateurs in eden
Hodgkin, Joanna 

Format: Hardback
Library Classification: Adult Non Fiction
BIC Subjects: Biography: literary
      Literary studies: from c 1900 -
      Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Audience: General/trade
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publication Date: 9/02/2012
Place of Publication: United Kingdom

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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 of 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.