A Simple Scale plunges back and forwards through the lives of two gay composers – one American, the other Soviet – as they each face persecution, punishment and repression in the turbulent political climates of the ’30s and ’50s. Available now.
<p> </p><p>Zillah Bethell brings events to life in a rollercoaster, almost caricature-like style, rather than a realistic reconstruction of history and hardship, although the details of the setting are keenly researched and acutely dramatised. Her protagonist is Eveline, a young woman longing for action,...
<h2> </h2><p><br />"Savage and tender, <em>Seahorses are real</em> is a rich, unflinching fantasy of love and abuse." Kate Bingham</p><p>Marly's had enough of the cramped little rundown flat and wounded grey street where she lives with her fiance, David. If they...