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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Heady armchair escapism ... An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience' Sunday Times 'Sublime and immersive
If you wish you could disappear to a Greek island right now, I highly recommend' JOJO MOYES
'A surefire summer hit ... feels at once like a gift and an escape route' Observer1960. 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 - and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius. An Observer Fiction Highlight 2020'Could hardly have come at a better time
Samson recreates one heady summer there (the Greek island of Hydra) with impeccably ripening prose, all thyme-scented hills and cascading bougainvillea' i paper
'Beautiful' DOLLY ALDERTON'Delicious' NIGELLA LAWSON'Intoxicating' Spectator'Oh my god, this book! I don't have words to convey its brilliance' MARIAN KEYES'A glorious novel' KATE MOSSE'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'Superb' THOMAS KENEALLY

A theatre for dreamers - Polly Samson

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Title
A theatre for dreamers
Author
Polly Samson
format
Hardback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Circus
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20200402

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Heady armchair escapism ... An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience' Sunday Times 'Sublime and immersive
If you wish you could disappear to a Greek island right now, I highly recommend' JOJO MOYES
'A surefire summer hit ... feels at once like a gift and an escape route' Observer1960. 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 - and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius. An Observer Fiction Highlight 2020'Could hardly have come at a better time
Samson recreates one heady summer there (the Greek island of Hydra) with impeccably ripening prose, all thyme-scented hills and cascading bougainvillea' i paper
'Beautiful' DOLLY ALDERTON'Delicious' NIGELLA LAWSON'Intoxicating' Spectator'Oh my god, this book! I don't have words to convey its brilliance' MARIAN KEYES'A glorious novel' KATE MOSSE'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'Superb' THOMAS KENEALLY

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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. pollysamson.com @PollySamson

A surefire summer hit ... Feels at once like a gift and an escape route ... At once a blissful piece of escapism and a powerful meditation on art and sexuality - just the book to bring light into these dark days
Observer

Samson is an intensely sensual writer, conjuring up blue skies, the tang of wild herbs, the vivid splash of bougainvillea ... As good as a Greek holiday, and may be the closest we get this year
Financial Times

Spellbinding … An immersive read, steeped in nostalgia. Samson's poetic prose is so evocative that, by the end, you find yourself googling those entrancing images of Hydra, 1960, just to wallow further in the poignancy of it all
Vanity Fair

Heady armchair escapism ... An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience
Sunday Times

Intoxicating ... Highly accomplished ... A testament to Samson's transportive prose
Spectator

By the end the reader may be unable to decide whether Hydra enchanted or cursed those attracted by its primitive beauty, cheap rents and easy access to sex, drugs and performance poetry … A novel about the treatment of women by artistic men
The Times

Beautiful ... Perfect if you want to escape the drudgery of another lentil dinner and dream of 1960s Hydra with Leonard Cohen

Glorious ... Feels like the book the author was born to create
Irish Times

It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel

Such a lyrical, elegant and beautifully told story

So vivid that you can see the sun-washed white houses and blue seas
Good Housekeeping, Book of the Month

I cannot tell you how much I needed this beautiful book to transport me back to 1960s Greece! Lyrical, sexy, tender and sad in places. Highly recommended

This radiant novel will transport you straight to Greece - a blessing at a time when most of us are stuck in our homes
Cosmopolitan

Delicious

This well-crafted novel beautifully captures the texture of a halcyon age in which anything seems possible
Daily Mail

A coming of age story set among a group of artists and poets, including Leonard Cohen, on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. She is so good at mentally indelible imagery
Guardian

Dreamily nostalgic
Observer, Fiction to look out for in 2020

About real people living in Hydra in 1960. Steeped in nostalgia that's both sad and beautiful. It's fascinating, immersive and so MOVING

Hands down the best book I've read all year. Luminous, immersive, gorgeous, profound

Her best work yet, so evocative and alive with the scents and colours of a Greek summer ... Among the best prose writers of her generation.
The writing is just delicious

I was utterly entranced.
It feels entirely true and effortless and compelling - in the way that all great novels do

If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate

A seductive story, suffused with nostalgia
Sunday Mirror

This is a sheer delight - I've never been to Hydra but this book transports you and miraculously, you are there in 1960

A glorious novel

A beautifully written, evocative, inspiring novel. I devoured it

Polly Samson has created such a dazzling evocation of an era and its mindset. Here, the island of Hydra is a geographical place but a psychological one too, populated by beautiful and damaged characters who pull you down into its pages for another caf gossip, another moonlit swim, another drink. This book is a bohemian idyll meticulously drawn, and unsparingly exposed. It is like going away to paradise, then coming back rather wiser. You don't read this book - you live it

A luscious seduction of a book

Praise for The Kindness: 'An addictive, cleverly structured and intriguing relationship story of lies and flawed communication
SUNDAY TIMES Book of the Week

Annoyingly close to perfection
SUNDAY TIMES

A story that entices you to revel in its languid, beautifully written prose while demanding that you turn the page to discover the secrets it holds
OBSERVER Paperback of the week

Type
BOOK
Edition
Hardback original
Keyword Index
Hydra Island (Greece) - History - 20th century - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
348

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