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RUPERT THOMSON

‘NEVER ANYONE BUT YOU’

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 11.00

Never Anyone But You is the gripping, beautifully-written story of a love affair between two revolutionary French female artists who were Jersey residents.

Suffocated by provincial convention and the restrictions of their gender, Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe reinvent themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore and move to Paris. Before too long, they are mixing in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dalí to Andre Breton. Moreover, they are producing surrealist photographs of great power and strangeness.

As World War Two looms, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is here that they confront their destiny in a campaign of propaganda against Hitler’s occupying forces that places them both in great danger.

From one of our most celebrated writers, Never Anyone But You explores the true story of two extraordinary women who smashed gender boundaries, redefining what it means to be a woman, and ultimately risked their lives to overcome oppression.

‘Smart, stylish, inventive, and always entertaining, Rupert Thomson displays enormous range as a novelist. His prose is consistently sharp, his ideas consistently intriguing. I would read any book that Rupert Thomson wrote.’ Lionel Shriver

Rupert Thomson is the author of eleven highly acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, and chosen by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time, The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by the Australian writer/director, Ana Kokkinos, and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize. In 2010, he published a memoir, This Party Got to Stop, which won the Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Rupert Thomson has contributed to the Financial Times, the Independent, and the Guardian. He lives in London.

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