We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844085989

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 7th August 2008

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

Select a format:

ebook

Disclosure: If you buy products using the retailer buttons above, we may earn a commission from the retailers you visit.

Author of the celebrated and hilarious THE DUD AVOCADO, the classic novel about a young American ingenue in Paris, Elaine Dundy was born in New York in the 1930s. Her first years were spent in an apartment on Park Avenue until the stock market crash wiped out most of the family’s money. She went to university in the south where, among other studies, she worked hard at losing her virginity. Deciding the stage was her true home, Elaine Dundy headed first to Paris and then to London, where she met and married the famous theatre critic Kenneth Tynan. Though their union was intoxicating, it was far from easy and the successful publication in 1958 of her novel finished off the marriage. But it was the opening of a new world of writers for Elaine Dundy, including friendships with Tennessee Williams, Hemingway and Gore Vidal. Extremely funny and extraordinarily honest this wonderfully remembered story of growing up in America is as much a tonic as life itself.

What's Inside

Read More Read Less

Reviews

Touching, fascinating, endlessly entertaining
Jilly Cooper, Books of the Year, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
An absoute treat, by turns jaunty, pleasingly self-knowing and unexpectedly moving
India Knight, SUNDAY TIMES
Compelling from the first page to the last
Geoffrey Wansell, Books of the Year, DAILY MAIL
For God's sake, read this book. Its author didn't just live life - she attacked it.
MODERN WOMAN