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Outbreak of Love: Text Classics, Boyd,  Martin
Outbreak of Love: Text Classics
Martin Boyd

Paperback $12.95 - The Text Publishing Company
Fiction - Published: 26/Jun/2013 - ISBN: 9781922147073

Our minds are like those maps at the entrance to the Metro stations in Paris. They are full of unilluminated directions. But when we know where we want to go and press the right button, the route is illuminated before us in electric clarity.

Diana von Flugel warned her husband: a piece of toast that hard could break a tooth. When Diana goes to Melbourne to have the tooth fixed, Wolfie is far too concerned with finding inspiration for his musical compositions to realise the chain of events he has just set in motion. On Collins Street, Russell Lockwood catches a glimpse of his childhood friend and knows at once that she is a rare woman......

Now Diana and Wolfie's marriage is under threat, the Great War is approaching, and no one quite knows where their hearts belong. First published in 1957, the third novel in Martin Boyd's celebrated Langton Quartet is a beguiling comedy of manners about the outbreak of love in inconvenient places.

This edition of Outbreak of Love comes with an introduction by Chris Womersley.

Martin Boyd was born in Switzerland in 1893 of Anglo-Australian parents. At six months he was brought to Australia, where the Boyd family made impressive contributions to the artistic and intellectual life. At the outbreak of the first world war he travelled to England and joined an English regiment and later the Royal Flying Corps. In 1948, at the height of his literary success, he returned to Australia to make a home near Berwick but lived the last 15 years of his life in Rome (1957-1972). Most of his novels maintain an Anglo-Australian theme. Martin Boyd moved to Rome in 1957 and lived there till his death in 1972.

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