England’s Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia

England’s Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia by Philip Hoare

(Fourth Estate, 2005)

Gathering her followers in the darkness of the mythic forest, a self-proclaimed female Christ becomes the focus of an apocalyptic Victorian bohemia.

‘No one who is interested in the complexity of our society…could fail to be thrilled and quite possibly entranced by this remarkable volume’.
Robert McCrum, The Observer.

 

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4.30 am: the sea slows down to midsummer, grey and held down by the heat

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'Isn't the sea what Algy calls it: a great sweet mother? The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea... Thalatta!… t.co/3lYLfYkreG

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4 am: at first light the air seems like the sea, blue and translucent; I swim in the atmosphere