THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A SUMMER READING PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, DAILY MAIL, FINANCIAL TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD
'The Greek island of Hydra is the star of this novel about a young woman and a 1960s bohemian community' - SUNDAY TIMES, Summer Reading Pick 2020
'Samson summons the vision and the reality in a beguiling, deeply evocative portrait of a vanished era' - GUARDIAN, Summer Reading Pick 2020
'It's sleazy, evocative, beautiful and entertaining' STUART TURTON, GUARDIAN, Summer Reading Pick 2020
'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
'Could hardly have come at a better time . Samson recreates one heady summer there (the Greek island of Hydra) with impeccably ripening prose, all thyme-scented hills and cascading bougainvillea' - i paper
'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
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER (APRIL 2020)
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