Craig, Amanda Love in Idleness: A Novel

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Love in Idleness: A Novel

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In her latest novel, Amanda Craig once again demonstrates not only her splendid skill for storytelling but also her incisive wit as she spins Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a delightful modern-day tale of love and lies, set against the magical landscape of Tuscany.

When an American lawyer, Theo Noble, and his English wife, Polly, rent an Italian villa–the Casa Luna–for their vacation, they envision an idyllic summer spent in the relaxing company of good friends and family: an eclectic Anglo-American mix. They have invited Theo’s brother, Daniel, as well as their friends Hemani and Ellen, to join them. While their children Tania and Robbie will have Hemani’s son, Bron, to play with, Polly hopes her mother-in-law can be counted on to control Tania’s and Robbie’s wild imaginations by force of a personality that can curdle mayonnaise at thirty paces. Even the arrival of Ivo Sponge, the journalist who Ellen–for some reason–detests most in the world, seems unlikely to interfere with the pleasure of exploring art and nature. But the Casa Luna is a place of enchantment and anyone who lives there risks discovering aspects of themselves and other people that go deeper than any clash of cultures. As the temperature rises, it soon becomes increasingly hard to tell what is imaginary and what is real.

Love in Idleness
is at once a deft interpretation of Shakespeare and a delectable contemporary comedy of manners that is certain to captivate.

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“The magical descriptions of Italy and hilarious observations about love, travel, natives and foreigners in LOVE IN IDLENESS are but a few of its many pleasures. Amanda Craig has created a hot shimmery climate in which a cast of old friends, quirky family members and naughty children who make love potions come to know themselves and their hearts. LOVE IN IDLENESS is a delightful brew.”
--Jane Hamilton

“Amanda Craig is a marvelous writer - both playful and graceful, she gives darting sidelong glances into the human heart.  A book about an enchanted vacation, LOVE IN IDLENESS is the perfect summer read. Escapist in the best sense, it suggests that we may need to get lost in order to find ourselves.” — Allison Pearson

“Literate, surprising, and funny, Amanda Craig's haphazard houseparty in the Tuscan hills kept me in a midsummer night's dream from the moment the shutters were flung open until all ended well.” — Frances Mayes 

About the Author:

AMANDA CRAIG is the author of Foreign Bodies, A Private Place, A Vicious Circle, and, most recently, In a Dark Wood. She lives in London and writes regularly for the Times, the Sunday Times, and the New Statesman.

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