A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER 2 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' 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
'Beautiful' DOLLY ALDERTON
'Delicious' NIGELLA LAWSON
'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