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An intoxicating novel set on Leonard Cohen's Hydra in 1960, a place and a bohemian society that has captivated the world for decades
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.
'It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel' THOMAS KENEALLY
'Hands down the best book I've read all year. Luminous, immersive, gorgeous, profound' JOANNE HARRIS
'I was utterly entranced. It feels entirely true and effortless and compelling – in the way that all great novels do' JUSTINE PICARDIE
'If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate' ANDREW O'HAGAN
'This is a sheer delight - I’ve never been to Hydra but this book transports you and miraculously, you are there in 1960' JENNY ECLAIR
'A luscious seduction of a book' SOFKA ZINOVIEFF