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25 February 2016

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‘From the opening pages of the novel the line is drawn between “intellectual people who really do live in London” and those they despise who live in red-brick villas, “all exactly the same, like the people who live in them.” Two different worlds just a short ride apart on the newly built tube…. [Harry’s] struggle to define and determine his individuality mirrors Leonard’s, but ultimately fails when, unlike Leonard, he gives way to the force of sexual desire. Having eaten of the apple, Harry Davis must say goodbye to the Paradise of Bloomsbury, and spend the rest of his days in a dreary corner of suburban Richstead’: The Persephone Forum. This 1914 painting of Hampstead Garden Suburb by William Ratcliffe, used to illustrate the kind of milieu Leonard was railing against, is used on the Forum

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