In his youth, before he became a celebrated writer and poet, Lawrence Durrell spent four transformative years on the island jewel of Corfu, fascinated by the idyllic natural beauty and blood-stained ancient history within its rocky shores.
While his brother Gerald collected animals as a budding naturalist – later fictionalized in My Family and Other Animals and filmed as The Durrells in Corfu – Lawrence fished, drank and befriended the local villagers.
After World War II catapulted him back into a turmoiled world, Durrell never forgot the wonders of Corfu. Prospero’s Cell is his magical evocation of the blazing Aegean landscape, brimming with memories of the places and people that changed him forever.
‘In its gem-like miniature quality, among the best books ever written.’ New York Times
Where the Blue Really Begins
In the summer of 1965, I hitchhiked with two school friends to Greece. We had just done our A levels, with mixed results. In Corfu, we all met our first boyfriends: likewise. What cast the real...Read more