A Theatre for Dreamers
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 * '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