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Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904-1991) is regarded as one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. By the time he died he had produced more than fifty works. Among them were novels, travel books, plays, film scripts, critical essays and three autobiographical works.

A Late Flowering, Edith Wharton

When she discovered the intriguing house in Hyères in 1919, Edith Wharton was fifty-seven years of age. The great novelist, traveller, house designer and gardener knew at once it was perfect and with boundless creative energy, she set about creating a winter and spring retreat. Until she died, she spent six months of every year… Read more »

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was an American novelist, short story writer and a designer of gardens and interiors. She wrote about the lives and morals of New York ‘aristocracy’ in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English, is one of the most important modernist writers of the 20th century. She was also a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group.

Honoré de Balzac: The Optical Gastronomer

Everything about Honoré de Balzac was exuberant, uncouth and larger than life. One of the greatest European writers and the founder of the modern novel, he was also a flaneur, treasure hunter, gourmet, political campaigner, businessman, self-publicist, inventor, interior decorator and con man. He participated in his age like a whirling dervish. Coming of age… Read more »