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Sybille Bedford

A Favourite of the Gods

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One of Britain’s most stylish and accomplished writers.’ — Telegraph


One autumn in the late nineteen-twenties for no particular reason at all, as it would seem, we began to live in France.


Constanza and her young daughter step off a train in the French Riviera in the late 1920s without the slightest notion of where they are. But their story begins with Constanza’s parents: a beautiful New England heiress, a Roman prince and the confused catastrophe of their marriage. An idyllic childhood spent in crumbling Roman palaces, sun-baked olive groves, at sumptuous parties and being taught by the most interesting men in Rome, is changed forever by a fatal clash of culture and an impulsive decision.


In this elegant novel, Sybille Bedford tells the story of three generations of women, of Europe and America, and the turbulence of the early twentieth century.


This is a dramatic companion novel to A Compass Error, also published by Daunt Books.


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