A Curious FriendshipThe Story of a Bluestocking and a Bright Young Thing
A vivid and moving account of the remarkable friendship between the writer Edith Olivier and the young artist Rex Whistler
Provides a window on to a fascinating world, and the story is narrated with elegant verve -- Lara Feigel Guardian Thoroughly researched, with elegant prose and a glittering cast of characters, Thomasson's account merges Victorian sensibilities with the raucous Jazz Age, giving the reader the best of both worlds. -- Lyndsy Spence The Lady Reverent and sympathetic, and often fascinating Lesley McDowell, Independent -- Lesley McDowell Independent Anna Thomasson tells her story well, her suggestions are shrewd, her prose pleasant, both are backed by much research. -- Mark Amory Oldie Anna Thomasson is a wonderful writer, with a pitch-perfect ear and a marvellous sense of style. She knows her characters intimately with the result that one completely trusts her judgment every inch of the way. -- Selina Hastings Moving, thoughtful, entertaining and magnificently researched, Thomasson's account of a bohemian art student and sharp-witted - sometimes comically snobbish - spinster is an outstandingly accomplished and original first biography from a writer for whom we can predict a very bright future. -- Miranda Seymour Anna Thomasson has uncovered a remarkable story and brings these two fascinating but forgotten figures and their brilliant world vividly to light. An impressive debut. -- Julie Kavanagh It is a vibrant, admirably researched debut, tinkling with famous artistic names. A non-fictional Brideshead Revisited, it's piquantly evocative of that lost aesthetic echelon of 1920s & 1930s society which dissolved amid the shadows of war; and the convention-defying friendship threaded through it is enthralling -- Caroline Sanderson
Anna Thomasson studied for an M Phil in Biography at the University of Buckingham and her thesis was shortlisted for the Daily Mail Biographers' Club Prize. She lives in London and this is her first book.