Blogs in April 2023

Prospero’s Cell 21st April 2023

A magical evocation of Durrell’s experiences on Corfu – before WW2. A slow sensuous life style – enjoying the elemental pleasures of daily life under the mythical Greek sun. Local villagers, intellectuals, illustrious visitors, all offer food for thought...

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Reflections on a Marine Venus 20th August 2020

In his hugely popular Prospero’s Cell, Lawrence Durrell brought Corfu to life, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the island. With Reflections on a Marine Venus, he turns to Rhodes: ranging over its past and present, touching with...

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Panic Spring: A Romance 16th June 2020

First published in 1937, two years after Durrell took up residence on the Greek island Kerkyra, Panic Spring broke with the realist tradition in 1930s novels and shows the young author’s first attempts to extend High Modernist innovations in...

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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus 8th February 2020

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is Lawrence Durrell’s unique account of his time in Cyprus, during the 1950s Enosis movement for freedom of the island from British colonial rule. Winner of the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, it is a document...

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The Greek Islands 7th February 2018

As every reader of Durrell knows, his writing is steeped in the living experience of the Mediterranean, and especially the islands of Greece. This captivating and highly unusual text, originally conceived as a picture book and now reset in...

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