In the City of Love's Sleep

In the City of Love's Sleep

ISBN
9780571337637
Published
01/08/2019
9780571337637
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
336

About the Book

Iris, a museum conservator in her late forties, is separating from her husband while bringing up two daughters.

Raif is a stalled academic, as uncertain of the past as he is of the future, whose girlfriend is about to move in with him.

When Iris and Raif first meet by chance, Iris suddenly turns away and starts to run. She is running from what this encounter has woken in her.

In the City of Love’s Sleep is a contemporary story about what it means to fall in love in middle age. It charts the steps two people take towards one another and what it means to have taken those steps before.

Iris, a museum conservator in her late forties, is separating from her husband while bringing up two daughters.Raif is a stalled academic, as uncertain of the past as he is of the future, whose girlfriend is about to move in with him. When Iris and Raif first meet by chance, Iris suddenly turns away and starts to run. She is running from what this encounter has woken in her.In the City of Love’s Sleep is a contemporary story about what it means to fall in love in middle age. It charts the steps two people take towards one another and what it means to have taken those steps before.
  • Lavinia Greenlaw

    Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London where she has lived for most of her life. She studied seventeenth-century art at the Courtauld Institute, and was awarded a NESTA fellowship to pursue her interest in vision, travel and perception.

    Her poetry includes Minsk, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes. She has also published novels and works of non-fiction which include The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. She has won a number of prizes and held residencies at the Science Museum and the Royal Society of Medicine.

    Her work for BBC radio includes programmes about the Arctic, the Baltic, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop.

“In the City of Love's Sleep confirms [Greenlaw] as a striking voice . . . As with Greenlaw’s poetry, it feels fast-paced – with short one-page chapters, and a brightness in the prose – but also demands that the reader slow down and pay each line due attention. It is a fantastic book, with moments that seem as precious as the ornaments Iris spends her days studying.”
- 1843 Magazine, Economist
“A coolly elegant, psychologically acute and frequently unsettling meditation on love in middle age.”
- Daily Mail

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