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A Book of Secrets

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A Book of Secrets by Michael Holroyd
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On a hill above the Italian village of Ravello stands the Villa Cimbrone a place of fantasy and make-believe. The characters that move through Michael Holroyd s new book are destined never to meet they lived through different eras and occupy different countries. Yet the Villa Cimbrone unites them all. A Book of Secrets is a treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries. Michael Holroyd peers into dusty corners to bring a company of unknown women into the light. Their lives are fluid and vulnerable they play the role of mistress, fiancee, or muse and always somehow illegitimate. From Alice Keppel, the mistress of both the second Lord Grimthorpe (owner of the Villa Cimbrone) and the Prince of Wales; Eve Fairfax, Lord Grimthorpe s abandoned fiancee and sometime muse of Auguste Rodin; and finally, to the novelist Violet Trefusis, the lover of Vita Sackville-West in one of the most scandalous love affairs of the early twentieth-century- these women are always on the periphery of the respectable world. Also on the periphery in this book is the elusive biographer himself. Michael Holroyd not only delves into the lives of others, but turns the

Author Biography

Besides the Lives of Augustus John, Bernard Shaw and Lytton Strachey (which was filmed as Carrington), Michael Holroyd has written two volumes of memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. His most recent book, A Strange Eventful History, winner of the James Tait Black Prize, was a biography of two great theatrical dynasties which included Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, and her son Edward Gordon Craig. He has been president of the Royal Society of Literature and is the first non-fiction writer to have been awarded the British Literature Prize. He lives in London and Somerset with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.
Release date NZ
November 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Chatto & Windus
Pages
272
Dimensions
138x206x24
ISBN-13
9780701185343
Product ID
8158520

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