An extraordinary life in the sun

Celebrating the centenary of Lawrence Durrell

To say Lawrence Durrell had an interesting life would be an understatement. Born into a bohemian family (his brother was the conservationist and author Gerald Durrell) he lived most of his life in the sunshine of the Mediterranean. He escaped the Wehrmacht in the Battle of Greece, was nearly assassinated in Cyprus, founded a publishing house with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, and married (and divorced) four times. Remarkably Durrell also found time to write some of the most highly praised and respected novels of the 20th century, not least his masterpiece: 'The Alexandria Quartet'.

2012 marks the centenary of Durrell's birth, with a number of events taking place to celebrate. The British Library has released a CD of Durrell's broadcasts with the BBC, as well as a unique private recording of Durrell as jazz pianist and vocalist. The International Lawrence Durrell Society will also be hosting a special conference in June, with lectures and discussions by academics and authors celebrating his life and work. Click here to find out more.

The Folio Society has published extremely popular editions of the lush, gloriously lyrical series of novels set in war-time Egypt which make up 'The Alexandria Quartet'. There are very limited numbers of the 4 volumes (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea) still available to order.

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