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Young Bloomsbury

the generation that reimagined love, freedom and self-expression

Nino Strachey



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John Murray
01 June 2022
In the 1920s a new generation stepped forward to invigorate the Bloomsbury Group -- creative young people who tantalised the original 'Bloomsberries' with their captivating looks and provocative ideas.

Young Bloomsbury introduces us to an extraordinarily colourful cast of characters, including novelist and music critic Eddy Sackville-West, 'who wore elaborate make-up and dressed in satin and black velvet'; sculptor Stephen Tomlin; and writer Julia Strachey. Talented and productive, these larger-than-life figures had high-achieving professional lives and extremely complicated emotional lives.

Bloomsbury had always celebrated sexual equality and freedom in private, but by the 1920s self-expression was becoming more public, with cross-dressing Young Bloomsbury giving Old Bloomsbury a new voice in a chosen family of a shared rebellion against pre-war conventions.
 Young Bloomsbury: the generation that reimagined love, freedom and self-expression

Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9781529306941
ISBN 10:   1529306949
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nino Strachey's relative Lytton was the first of many Stracheys to make their way to Bloomsbury. After studying at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, Nino worked as a curator for the National Trust and English Heritage. Her first book, Rooms of Their Own, explored the homes of three writers linked to the Bloomsbury Group, revealing changing attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the 1920s and 30s. Nino lives in West London with her husband and child, surrounded by the displaced portraits of her Strachey relations. @NinoStrachey

Reviews for Young Bloomsbury: the generation that reimagined love, freedom and self-expression

A lively account of a group of bright young things in the 1920s. A hundred years ahead of their time, these creative souls were pushing the boundaries of gender identity and sexual expression, and - surprisingly - finding acceptance among their friends and families. * Robert Sackville-West, author of The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War * Young Bloomsbury just BRIMS with the same kind of sexy vitality embodied by the characters Nino Strachey describes in such effervescent detail. Just when you might have wondered if there could possibly be room for a new and revealing study of a group of lives which have been so meticulously and extensively documented, Nino's exhilarating lens offers an entirely original and thrilling focus. As scepticism, admiration, envy, and confusion ebb and flow between one chattering, seductive, thinking, inspiring generation and another, this is Gatsby made real. * JULIET NICOLSON * With a deft turn of the Bloomsbury kaleidoscope, and an impressive gift for finding treasures in the archives, Nino Strachey reveals colourful new patterns of experiments in living which speak trenchantly to our own cultural moment. * MARK HUSSEY, author of Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism * Great fun and, for all fans of the Bloomsbury Group, enormously informative - like being transported back to dancing the night hours away underground in the pitch dark and smoke-filled avant-garde nightclubs of that day , you never know who you're going to meet. * SIMON FENWICK, author of The Crichel Boys * An extraordinary account of the bustling non-binary heart of the literary and artistic roaring twenties, filled with the most vivid characters, who lived and loved under the shadow of the horror of conversion therapy and yet found ways to express themselves so boldly and beautifully. Young Bloomsbury gives new context to the later stages of life for the original Bloomsbury group. I loved every page. * JACK THORNE, BAFTA, Tony and Olivier Award-winning Screenwriter and Playwright * Above all else, Bloomsbury was a liberating force, as Nino Strachey shows in her sparkling new book. The younger friends and relations of the Bells, Stracheys and Woolfs lived, worked and loved freely, finding their own ways to personal and artistic fulfilment. This book is packed with their brilliant, subversive energy * ANNE CHISHOLM, author of Frances Partridge: A Biography *

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