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  • Five Love Affairs and a Friendship

  • The Paris Life of Nancy Cunard, Icon of the Jazz Age
  • By: Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by: Rosy Armitage
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

Dazzlingly beautiful, highly intelligent and an extraordinary force of energy, Nancy Cunard was an icon of the Jazz Age, said to have inspired half the poets and novelists of the '20s. Born into a life of wealth and privilege, yet one in which she barely saw her parents, Nancy rebelled against expectations and pursued a life in the arts. She sought the constant company of artists, writers, poets and painters, first in London's Soho and Mayfair, and then in the glamorous cafes of 1920s Paris.

This is the remarkable story of Nancy's Paris life, filled with art, sex and alcohol. She became a muse to Wyndham Lewis, Constantin Brâncusi sculpted her, Man Ray photographed her and she played tennis with Ernest Hemingway. She had many love affairs, the most significant of which are included in this book: the American poet Ezra Pound, the novelists Aldous Huxley and Michael Arlen, the French poet Louis Aragon and finally and controversially the black American pianist Henry Crowder, with whom she ran her printing press in Paris. She was also shaped by her lifelong friendship with George Moore, her mother's lover.

This tempestuous tale of passion and intrigue is as much a portrait of '20s Paris as it is the story of an extraordinary woman who defined her age.

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©2022 Anne de Courcy (P)2022 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Fantastic listen

Don’t understand why someone says the narrator isn’t right, she’s perfect! Such a great story and fantastic listening. One of my favourites of De Courcy’s so far, if you haven’t listened to Margot at war would highly recommend too

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Wonderful story - shame about the narration.

This is one of those audio books that has a great story but the narration is in my opinion terrible. It is narrated as if for a child with odd pauses and accentuations that become irritating and the french is over pronounced.