A Theatre for Dreamers

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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 – and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius.

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A SUMMER READING PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, DAILY MAIL, FINANCIAL TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD

‘The Greek island of Hydra is the star of this novel about a young woman and a 1960s bohemian community’ SUNDAY TIMES, Summer Reading Pick 2020

‘Samson summons the vision and the reality in a beguiling, deeply evocative portrait of a vanished era’ GUARDIAN, Summer Reading Pick 2020

‘It’s sleazy, evocative, beautiful and entertaining’ STUART TURTON, GUARDIAN, Summer Reading Pick 2020

‘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’ Observer

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 – 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 SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER (APRIL 2020)

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781526600554

Author

Samson, Polly

Publisher

Bloomsbury Circus

Binding

Hardback

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