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A Radical Romance : A Memoir of Love, Grief and Consolation, Hardback Book

A Radical Romance : A Memoir of Love, Grief and Consolation Hardback


A luminous memoir of love and grief from the author of Common PeopleAlison Light met the radical social historian, Raphael Samuel, in London in 1986. Twenty years her senior, Raphael was a charismatic figure on the British Left, utterly driven by his work and by a commitment to collective politics. Within a year they were married. Within ten, Raphael would be dead. Theirs was an attraction of opposites - he from a Jewish Communist family with its roots in Russia and Eastern Europe, she from the English working class.

In this chronicle of a passionate marriage, Alison Light peels back the layers of their time together, its intimacies and its estrangements. She tells of moving into Raphael's cluttered 18th-century house in Spitalfields and into his equally full, unconventional life; of the whirlwind of change outside their door which brutally transformed London's old East End districts; of being widowed at 41, and finding inspiration in her friendship with Raphael's mother.

Finally she reflects on the power of mourning and how it shapes a life. Through its frank and touching account of a marriage between two very different people, it celebrates the capacity we all have to share our lives and to change our selves.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780241244500

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