‘Most well-known authors got married life so wrong’Joanna Trollope

The author discusses the disastrous cohabitations of British writers, finding Ulysses almost intolerable - and giving up on Virginia Woolf

The book I am currently reading
Uncommon Arrangements by Katie Roiphe. It is about all these extraordinary marriages and cohabitations in the interwar British literature scene, and shows how difficult it is to get marriage right. Most well-known authors seem to have got married life unbelievably wrong; they could write about it, but couldn’t do it.

The book that changed my life
I remember thinking, at 14, I was the first person to have read Tess of the d’Urbervilles and to have discovered how agonising it is and my mother saying: “Don’t be ridiculous, everyone feels like that about Tess.”

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