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Diana Souhami: A Life in Books

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It’s been 35 years since Diana wrote her first book Gluk, a biography of Hannah Gluckstein. Gluk was a society painter noted for her androgynous image, passionate affairs with women and “one man” shows.

When it came out in 1988, publishers did not want the word “lesbian” on the cover of a book. Fast forward a few decades, and her latest publication has the word in the title.

It may even be seen as a selling point.“I’ve been criticised for writing about well off women. But Sylvia Beach (one of the characters in the book) wasn’t well off at all.

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