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Lions and Shadows
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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY JAMES FENTON In this largely autobiographical book Isherwood gives a fascinating account of the makings of a writer. His story begins with the intellectual hothouse atmosphere of Cambridge in the early twenties and moves to a wickedly funny depiction of the Bohemian life of London. With his witty, appealing and sometimes outrageous pen Isherwood illuminates the society that created the writers and thinkers who in turn have shaped our times.
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Isherwood's evocative and sensitive account of childhood and youth in the 1920s.

About the Author

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without graduating, briefly studied medicine and then turned to writing his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. Between 1929 and 1939 he lived mainly abroad, spending four years in Berlin and writing the novels Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based. He moved to America in 1939, becoming a US citizen in 1946, and wrote another five novels, including Down There on a Visit and A Single Man, a travel book about South America and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the late 1960s and '70s he turned to autobiographical works- Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind, My Guru and His Disciple and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.

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"The best prose writer in English" * Gore Vidal * "The writing is, as always, very clear, very moving and very funny" * The Times *

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