Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant

(Hamish Hamilton / Penguin USA, 1990).

A seductive biography of the last professional exquisite.

‘Witty and amazing … both scholarly and hilarious at the same time’.
John Waters, New York Times.

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4.00 am: the sea tonight is full of strange noises, the darkest it's ever been 'What seest thou else In the dark a… t.co/JDCiS0lfzL

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4 am: the sea gently sways like dark silver; imaginary, insistent: it wants to take me away

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5 am: no one has any idea of the sea; it only pretends to be there

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Pat de Groot, my sea lady, had a remarkable history with the ocean; her great-grandparents were the elderly Jewish… t.co/sAIdcl1DsT

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a long time ago and far away, I wrote three books in this place; at spring tide, the sea ran under this house t.co/zorxd30TIR

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