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Uncommon Arrangements

Uncommon Arrangements

Drawing on the memoirs, letters and diaries of a group of British intellectuals writing between 1910 and the Second World War, UNCOMMON ARRANGEMENTS paints a witty and insightful portrait of seven ‘marriages a la mode’, each triumphantly casting off Victorian inhibitions and pursuing bohemian ideals of freedom and equality.

But as well as love and passion, there were tolerance, denial, anger, jealousy and drama. The Bloomsbury group’s Clive and Vanessa Bell opened up their marriage to accommodate Vanessa’s live-in lovers, and Clive’s obsession with his sister-in-law, Virginia Woolf. H.G. Well’s steadfast wife sent her love to his mistress Rebecca West when their son was born. And Vera Brittain and Katherine Mansfield, more devoted to their work than to their husbands, wrestled with unfulfilled desires.

This is both a fascinating exploration of love, affection and friendship in marriage, and a brilliantly entertaining account of a dazzling era of high-society high living.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

On Sale: 3rd September 2009

Price: £10.99

ISBN-13: 9781844082711

Reviews

Here's the perfect bedside book for an age like our own, when everything is known and nothing is understood. Roiphe takes the prism of the past and turns high gossip into cultural insight . . . At the end of her book we feel we know these couples as intimately as if we were part of their circle
Tina Brown, NEW YORK TIME BOOK REVIEW
Roiphe takes a lively - if self-confessedly un-academic - approach in her biography . . . her flair for detail makes for an engrossing peek into these unconventional family lives
DAILY MAIL
** 'Elegantly written . . . Roiphe has a sharp way with a phase . . . [an] artful selection of quotes
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
** 'Roiphe works her way "inside" each marriage . . . UNCOMMON ARRANGEMENTS will teach you many things, none of them comfortable
LITERARY REVIEW