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Simply Divine

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Simply Divine
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Rated G (all ages)
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1505611016
Simply Divine

Book Description



"Agatha, what are you doing here?”
“You invited me for the weekend, remember?”
“But how could you be so cruelly literal, darling?”

Stephen Wallingford & Agatha Dewsbury

Stephen Wallingford died intestate in 1990, aged 86, and has in recent times become a cult figure. He appears in numerous biographies about the 1920s and 1930s and was the model and inspiration for the 1938 dramatic novel by George Headland Those Beautiful, Beautiful People. In his early youth he entertained his friends at his family home of Arches and it was here he lived for many years until his death. He was photographed by many of the greatest artistes of his time and become one of the typical images of 1920s and 1930s "beautiful" young people. He would be seen with painted lips, powder on his face and gold dust sprinkled through his hair. But putting aside all the endless parties and various love affairs, Stephen was actually a very lonely man. Disowned later in life by his two sisters he survived on the friendships of few people including his mother and socialite and fellow writer Agatha Dewsbury. Like Stephen, Agatha sought freedom and expression in her writings and published works which are all still in print today. Later in life Stephen became a former shadow of himself, a recluse, obese…Agatha remained young, the ultimate party girl, a drunk, a loser in love.

But there is one small problem.

Stephen Wallingford and Agatha Dewsbury did not exist, nor did any of his contemporaries featured in this book, for the brutal reason that he was never born. The stories are fake and the news never happened. This is something new and strange - a fictionalized retrospective, part interview, part biographical about unreal people set in a real world.

Simply Divine brings Mark Binmore's first novels together in one divine publication.

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4.5
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Author Mark Binmore has come up with something unique, fictional memoirs set in a real world. According to his website this edition features both is books and is aimed especially at the USA market. The first book - Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets - hovers between the past and present, one Stephen Wallingford, once a beautiful bright young thing now a recluse as he relives his life through a new author. A Life Of parties is a complete biography of Agatha Dewsbury, friend of Stephens we first met in his first book and so deserves a book on her own. The books themselves are an easy read, you feel transported back to the art deco era, you experience the parties, the feast, the deconstruction. I met Mark on his book tour last year and it was great to put a face to a name. Simply recommended. 5 stars. 
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