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A vivid and moving account of the remarkable relationship between the writer Edith Olivier and the young artist Rex Whistler
Section - i: List of Illustrations Section - ii: Introduction Unit - 1: BEFORE Chapter - 1: Edith Chapter - 2: Rex Chapter - 3: Rex Unit - 2: THE LOVE CHILD Chapter - 1: San Remo Chapter - 2: The Daye House Chapter - 3: 'At The Shrine of Beauty' Chapter - 4: The Darling Chapter - 5: A 'Dream Change' Unit - 3: TABLEAUX VIVANTS Chapter - 6: Bright Young People Chapter - 7: Town and Country Chapter - 8: Revels Chapter - 9: 'Adored Sons' Chapter - 10: Bird Songs Chapter - 11: Krol Dudziarz Chapter - 12: 'The Trail of the Serpent' Chapter - 13: 'Bells at Midnight' Unit - 4: REVERSIBLE FACES Chapter - 14: Moonraking Chapter - 15: Ashcombe Chapter - 16: 'Peintre de Luxe' Chapter - 17: The 'Storm Touched Soul' Chapter - 18: 'The Happy Heartbreak' Chapter - 19: Sex Unit - 5: LANDSCAPES Chapter - 20: Distance Chapter - 21: An 'Eventful Year' Chapter - 22: La Belle Dame Chapter - 23: 'Out of Ordinary' Chapter - 24: 'Another Season' Unit - 6: PAINTING FROM LIFE Chapter - 25: Commission Chapter - 26: 'The Conditional' Chapter - 27: Home Chapter - 28: 'In The Long Ago' Chapter - 29: Action Unit - 7: AFTER Chapter - 30: 'The Loving Spirit' Chapter - 31: Legacies Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements Section - iv: Notes Section - v: Select Bibliography Index - vi: Index
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.
A Curious Friendship tells the story of two wonderfully unlikely friends and allies during the years between the wars. 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 A vibrant, admirably researched debut, tinkling with famous artistic names. A sort of 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 is a wonderful writer, with a pitch-perfect ear and a marvellous sense of style. I was also impressed by the thoroughness of her research. I really felt she had come to know her characters intimately with the result that one completely trusted her judgment every inch of the way. She has, too, a brilliant visual sense so that one really sees Rex's paintings and those magnificent houses. -- Selina Hastings