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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I'm pressed by the heat into the sea, mirrored by the moon

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4 am: swimming in the soft night and dark sea as the stars fall; a firework display for the fishes and me

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3.30 am: swimming in a still black sea; shooting stars enough to pierce any heart

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4 am: the sea is too beautiful for me