Loving Monsters

James Hamilton-Paterson
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ISBN 9780571320868 Format Paperback
Published 20/11/2014 Length 320 pages

About Book

First published in 2001, Loving Monsters begins with a British writer, now living in Italy, being propositioned to write the biography of a strange near-neighbour, a man named Jebb whose life has taken in 1920s London, wartime Egypt and modern Tuscany.

'I suppose the book is a reflection on the nature of biography', James Hamilton-Paterson has written, 'but it is also about how love can appear to make a life monstrous while explaining and even redeeming it.'

'Thoughtful, provocative and extremely well-written.' Sunday Times

'Fresh with the imaginative vigour and moral urgency that make Hamilton-Paterson an important writer.' Spectator

  • About James Hamilton-Paterson

    James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of the bestselling Empire of the Clouds, which was hailed as a classic account of the golden age of British aviation. He won a Whitbread Prize for his first novel, Gerontius, and among his many other celebrated books are Seven-Tenths, one of the finest books written in recent times about the oceans, the satirical trilogy that began with Cooking with Fernet Branca, and the autobiographical Playing With Water. Born and educated in England, he has lived in the Philippines and Italy and now makes his home in Austria.

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