The Quality of Love

The Quality of Love: Twin Sisters at the Heart of the Century

Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference
Hardback Published on: 02/05/2024
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The Quality of Love
Touching and fascinating...
This loving and touching book follows the lives of twin sisters Ceila and Mamaine Paget and the extraordinary times they lived through. My interest occured... READ MORE


When her mother Celia Paget died, Ariane Bankes inherited a battered trunk stuffed with letters and diaries belonging to Celia and her twin Mamaine. This correspondence charted the remarkable lives of the Paget sisters and their friends and lovers, including Arthur Koestler, Albert Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir, and George Orwell.

Out of this rich archive, The Quality of Love weaves the story of these captivating and unusually beautiful identical twins who overcame a meagre education to take 1930s London society by storm and move among Europe’s foremost intellectuals during the twentieth century’s most dramatic decades. Above all, it is a sparkling portrait of the deep connection between two spirited sisters.

  • Publisher: Duckworth Books
  • ISBN: 9780715654989
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm

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The Quality of Love
Quite Astonishing
This is the fascinating story of the lives of twin sisters, Celia and Mamaine Paget. Celia's daughter pieces together their extraordinary lives in an affec... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley