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Peel Me a Lotus

Peel Me a Lotus

Author(s): Charmian Clift

Location(s): Hydra

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue

Era(s): Early 1950s

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In 1951 the Australian writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston left grey, post-war London for Greece. Settling first on the tiny island of Kalymnos, then Hydra, their plan was to live simply and focus on their writing, away from the noise of the big city. The result is two of Charmian Clift’s best known and most loved books, the memoirs Mermaid Singing and Peel Me a Lotus. Peel Me a Lotus, the companion volume to Mermaid Singing relays their move to Hydra where they bought a house and grappled with the chaos of domestic life and three children whilst also becoming the centre of an informal community of artists and writers. The group later included Leonard Cohen who became their lodger and his girlfriend Marianne Ihlen. Clift paints an evocative picture of the characters and sun-drenched rhythms of traditional life, long before backpackers and mass tourism descended.

This is a companion book to Mermaid Singing

 

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Author: Tina Hartas

The family has arrived on Hydra from Kalymnos and they have decided to spend the last of their savings on buying a small house, costing them 120 gold pounds. It was not one of...

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