‘Casts a spell . . . Reader, watch out!’ Guardian.
Trams, palm trees and watermelon stalls lie honey-bathed in sunlight; in darkened bedrooms, sweaty lovers unfurl. But in a world trembling on the brink of the Second World War, passion and death are inextricable. When Darley, a penniless schoolteacher, begins an affair with Justine – a married Egyptian woman of unparalleled glamour – their partners, Melissa and Nessim, are sucked into a whirlpool of jealousy and violence.
One of the twentieth-century’s greatest romances, Lawrence Durrell’s scandalous ‘investigation of modern love’ set the world alight in 1957. Rich in political and sexual intrigue, his epic masterpiece burns just as brightly today.
Introduced by Jan Morris, this omnibus edition collects all four novels together in all their glory.
Twilight of a Golden Age
I attacked my new assignment as a Middle East correspondent with the alacrity of a baying hound running down a wanted man. I loaded up on the standard books on the region by all the standard experts:...Read more