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The Muse: A memoir of love at first sight

Nell Dunn

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Memoirs, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The Muse is the story of a female friendship, one that shaped both author and subject over decades.

Nobody writes like Nell Dunn... always communally, with rare honesty, with love, and with calm and ground-breaking understanding... It's glorious.
Ali Smith

The Muse is all it could be; an act of sharing that goes beyond particular experience to take us to a happy realm of natural sisterhood.
TLS

Nell Dunn has perfect pitch for the words we use and for the loves and mysteries of the human heart.
Carmen Callil

Defiant, funny and exhilarating. The Muse is so high-spirited and full of a sense of adventure.
Margaret Drabble

This slim volume is entertaining... You long to know more about Nell's life
Daily Mail


The Muse is the story of a life-changing friendship. It starts with Nell's account of a chance meeting with Josie at the age of 22.

Josie teaches her how to live for moment, how to have adventures and find the sweetness of life even in hardship. This was the Sixties, a time of literary and sexual experimentation, of the breakdown of old barriers and inhibitions

Even as she was hooking up with dodgy men, Josie always carried herself like a star, and as the inspiration for the ground-breaking novel of working class women Poor Cow and the play Steaming - both of which were made into movies - she became one, feted by producers on Broadway.

Life is the thing, was Josie's motto. But where would her philosophy of taking no care for tomorrow lead her?

In prose of unique clarity and simplicity that always gets straight to the heart of matter, The Muse follows this friendship over the decades.

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Nell Dunn

Nell Dunn was born in 1936 and convent-educated up to the age of fourteen. Her first book of short stories, UP THE JUNCTION, was published in 1963 bringing her immediate recognition. She has three sons and lives in London and Wiltshire.

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