Author(s): Diana Souhami
Turn-of-the-century Paris is a biographer
SELKIRK'S ISLAND won the Whitbread Biography Award and has sold over 30,000 copies Great subject - rich, wild women in Paris in 1920s and 30s, with shades of TIPPING THE VELVET Finalist in the Biography category for the Lambda Literary Award 'Souhami [is] an exceptionally witty and original biographer...her narrative is as spare and stylish as the dinners given by the anorexic poet Renee Vivien. Souhami presents rich ingredients - sexual transgression, madness, addiction, suicide - in chapters as light in texture as they are dense in flavour, and in sentences as refined and well cut as the silk garments with which Pougy clothed her well-sluiced body' SUNDAY TIMES 'Pages are crammed with descriptions of exotic characters, their extravagances and eccentricities, the lillies, the pearls, the velvet-lined rooms' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
"An entertaining account of the couple's 50-year relationship - one that was never tested by the rigours of co-habitation." THE INDEPENDENT "The book really takes off, when we come to Natalie's long affair with the portraitist Romaine Brooks... Diana Souhami is almost incapable of writing a clumsy sentence." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "For 50 years... the love of these two women lasted. Now, thanks to Souhami, it lives again." THE TIMES "Souhami handles it with a light touch. " SUNDAY TIMES "Souhami tells their story in lush... prose, which perfectly suits the subjects and their exotic world." IMAGE MAGAZINE "Two wealthy lesbians in 1900s Paris lead the jolly, over the top life you expect from the belle epoque." EVENING HERALD
Diana Souhami is the author of many widely acclaimed books. She has also written plays for radio and television.