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A theatre for dreamers, by Polly Samson

A theatre for dreamers, by Polly Samson

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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 over by 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 dazzlingly beautiful 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

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The summer of 1960 is the setting for A Theater for Dreamers. Erica flies to the Greek island of Hydra with her brother, Bobby, and her boyfriend, Jimmy, after her mother's death. They meet Charmian, one of her mother's longest friends, and her husband, George, as well as other members of their island community.

A theatre for dreamers

The captivating coming-of-age tale by Polly Samson, which blends fact and fiction, is set in 1960 on the picturesque Greek island of Hydra. Erica, a teenager in London, is trapped with her cruel and domineering father and drowning in the sadness over the death of her mother. She is supported by Jimmy, her boyfriend, and Bobby, her brother.

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