Lose yourself in this classic prize-winning memoir of life in 1950s Cyprus on the brink of revolution by the legendary king of travel writing and real-life family member of The Durrells in Corfu.
Lawrence Durrell was a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and
travel writer. Born in 1912 in India to British colonial parents,
he was sent to school in England and later moved to Corfu with his
family - a period which his brother Gerald fictionalised in My
Family and Other Animals- later filmed as ITV's The Durrells in
Corfu - and which he himself described in Prospero's Cell. The
first of Durrell's island books, this was followed by Reflections
on a Marine Venus on Rhodes; Bitter Lemons, on Cyprus, which won
the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize; and, later, The Greek Islands.
Durrell's first major novel, The Black Book, was published in 1938
in Paris, where he befriended Henry Miller and Anais Nin - and it
was praised by T. S. Eliot, who published his poetry in 1943. A
wartime sojourn in Egypt inspired his bestselling masterpiece, The
Alexandria Quartet (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea) which
he completed in his new home in Southern France, where in 1974 he
began The Avignon Quintet. When he died in 1990, Durrell was one of
the most celebrated writers in British history.
'Masterly ... Casts a spell.' - Jan Morris
'Invades the reader's every sense ... Remarkable.' - Victoria
'Our last great garlicky master of the vanishing Mediterranean.' -
'Exceptional ... Revelatory ... A master.' - Observer
'He writes as an artist, as well as a poet . Profoundly beautiful.'
- New Statesman