Temples of Delight
Jem is a joyful mystery to Alice. She is something to give thanks for. And when she disappears from Alice's life, as suddenly as she entered it, a whirl of glamour, subversion and literary references, Alice is left bereft. But then she meets Giovanni, presumptuous and hectoring, passionate and beautiful, who leads her back to her childhood friend and the mystery and chaos still surrounding her. Alice finds herself being seduced all over again
Published by the first time by Bloomsbury Pbks alongside her other classic novelsShortlisted for the 1990 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award These series of books will have linked jackets to create an appealing and magical collection for Trapido fans, whilst being able to stand out distinctly on their own.
'One of the funniest books I've read in a long time' Time Out 'Temples of Delight is so readable, so full of incidental pleasures and curiosities, that one could easily overlook its terrifying honesty' Philip Hensher, Guardian 'Her characters are larger than life ... Temples of Delight shows how grief is implicit in joy. It makes you laugh and it moves you' Sunday Times 'Steel yourself for a baroque romance of untimely deaths, orphan babes, stolen novels, canny nuns and dark, forceful lovers' Company
Barbara Trapido was born and educated in South Africa and came to London in 1963. She lives in Oxford.