- Published: 06/01/2011
- ISBN: 9781847082619
- 272 pages
When I Lived In Modern Times
It is April 1946. Evelyn Sert, twenty years old, a hairdresser from Soho, sails for Palestine, where Jewish refugees and idealists are gathering from across Europe to start a new life in a brand-new country.
In the glittering, cosmopolitan, Bauhaus city of Tel Aviv, anything seems possible – the new self, new Jew, new woman are all feasible. Evelyn, adept at disguises, reinvents herself as the bleached-blonde Priscilla Jones. Immersed in a world of passionate idealism, she finds love, and with Johnny, her lover, finds herself at the heart of a very dangerous game.
Written with uncluttered economy, rich in quietly astute observation and underpinned by a rigorously searching investigation of its themes, this is a novel that both stimulates the mind and satisfies the heart
Sue Wilson, Scotland on Sunday
[Its] strength is that history is a living reality. This historical landscape is not a closed one, it resonates with unassuaged desires - the desire for authentic femininity, for authentic national identity - that still propel us today
Natasha Walter, Independent
... bursting with ideas: about idealism, the shattering of dreams and the struggle to belong