THE GOOD BOHEMIAN
The Letters of Ida John

Edited by REBECCA JOHN and MICHAEL HOLROYD
352pp 2017 LIST PRICE: £25.00 B932

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Captivatingly fresh and intimate letters from Augustus John’s first wife, Ida, reveal the untold story of married life with one of the great artists of the last century. They tell of the scandal she brought on the Nettleship family and its consequences; of hurt and betrayal as the marriage evolved into a three-way affair when Augustus fell in love with another woman, Dorelia; of Ida’s remarkable acceptance of Dorelia, their pregnancies and shared domesticity; of self-doubt, happiness and despair; and of finding the strength and courage to compromise and navigate her unorthodox marriage.

A painful story of an emotionally sophisticated, morally honest woman struggling with the trap in which she finds herself. LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS