A Theatre for Dreamers is a novel about a place and a circle that have transfixed 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.

'A Theatre for Dreamers' has been published in hardback in the UK.

Chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Observer, and Sunday Herald.

"Beautifully written, with twists engineered like a thriller."
Observer, Book of the Year

"Close to perfection."
India Knight, Sunday Times

"An addictive, cleverly structured and intriguing relationship story of lies and flawed communication."
Sunday Times, Book of the Week

"A book to cherish, to recommend, to return to."
Financial Times

"Beautifully written and plotted with serpentine cunning."
Mail on Sunday

"Mesmerising ... It's so subtly done and the revelations are so surprising that you're forced to reconsider the legacy of pain, grief and betrayal. Impressive."
**** Sunday Express

"A tantalisingly labyrinthine tale full of hints and feints, an intricate weave of tangled knots and dropped stitches from which, very slowly, the truth of the past begins to emerge."
The Guardian

"The novel's effortlessness, its readability, sweeps everything in its wake."
Daily Telegraph

"A mature and haunting novel."
Metro

"A sumptuous, serious story."
Daily Mail

"Raw, gritty, dark and honest."
Stylist

"The twist, when it comes, leaves you slack-jawed. Good books change their temperature and flavour – I can feel the weather in this book, I can smell the gardens and I believe the sex."
Jenny Éclair

"Set to become a classic."
Sunday Herald, Book of the Year

 

 

 

 
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