‘A thrilling and new insight into an extraordinary group of people so ahead of their times, they even remain ahead of ours’ – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag
We are delighted to announce that Young Bloomsbury by Nino Strachey is out now in the US from Atria, Simon & Schuster
Young Bloomsbury is Nino’s first work of narrative non-fiction and focuses on an aspect of Bloomsbury history that has been largely overlooked: the way a younger generation of writers and artists inspired the original Bloomsbury Group during the 1920s. Surprisingly little has been written about second-generation Bloomsbury – the ‘bright young things’ who tantalised Lytton Strachey and other ageing ‘Bloomsburies’ at Gordon Square parties with their captivating looks and provocative ideas. According to Nino, ‘Bloomsbury had always celebrated sexual equality and freedom in private, feeling that every person had the right to live and love in the way they chose.’ But by the 1920s, transgressive self-expression was becoming more public, with cross-dressing Young Bloomsbury giving Old Bloomsbury a new voice in a shared rebellion against pre-war conventions.
‘In Young Bloomsbury, Nino Strachey shows how artists and thinkers gave a younger generation the room to be their authentic selves’ – The Washington Post
‘Like Lytton Strachey and Michael Holroyd, Ms. Strachey underpins her narrative with concerns from her own time … these sections are the most affecting parts of the book … It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the story of Bloomsbury is the story of modern literary biography itself’ – Wall Street Journal
‘Nino Strachey’s Young Bloomsbury is a brisk, light tonic … rich in detail’ – Harper’s Magazine