> Skip to content
  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241244500
  • Imprint: Fig Tree
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $50.00
Categories:

A Radical Romance

A Memoir of Love, Grief and Consolation




The extraordinary story of an unconventional marriage. A mesmerizing meditation on love and loss

Alison Light met the radical social historian, Raphael Samuel, in London in 1986. Twenty years her senior, Raphael was a charismatic socialist from a very different background to Alison's working-class family. Within a year they were married. Within ten, Raphael would be dead.

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. A Radical Romance is a luminous and deeply intelligent memoir of love and grief.

  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241244500
  • Imprint: Fig Tree
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $50.00
Categories:

About the author

Alison Light

Alison Light is the author of Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism between the Wars and edited Virginia Woolf's Flush for Penguin Classics. She has worked at the BBC and lectured at London University. She is currently a part-time Professor at the Raphael Samuel History Centre in the University of East London and also teaches in the School of English at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She is a contributor to the London Review of Books.

Also by Alison Light

See all

Praise for A Radical Romance

Part detective story, part Dickensian saga, part labour history. A thrilling and unnerving read

Observer

Mesmeric and deeply moving

Daily Telegraph

Remarkable, haunting, full of wisdom

The Times

In illuminating her own, Light serves up the most powerful family history I have ever read

Penelope Lively, New York Times

A substantial achievement: its combination of scholarship and intelligence is the best monument you could have to all those she has rescued from time's oblivion

Financial Times

Exquisite

Independent on Sunday

Intellectually sound and relevant . . . a refreshingly modern way of thinking about our past

New Statesman

Packed with humanity

Sunday Times

A remarkable achievement and should become a classic

Margaret Drabble

Related titles