Why Our Staff Love A New England Affair: From Zelda and F. Scott to Virginia and Leonard, it seems as if we just can’t get enough of reading about the tumultuous love lives of famous literary couples. Australian author Steven Carroll is the latest to add to the canon with A New England Affair, the third instalment in Carroll’s acclaimed Eliot quartet.
This book looks intimately at the brief relationship between acclaimed poet T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale, his confidante, and muse, which ended when he moved to the United States and left only a keenly felt remembrance of a passionate love.
Over the course of that day, clutching a satchel of letters, Emily Hale slips between past and present, reliving her life with Eliot - starting with that night in 1913, the moment when her life turned, when the young Tom Eliot and Emily Hale fell deeply in love with each other. But Tom moved to London to fulfil his destiny as the famous poet `TS Eliot', and Emily went on to become his muse - the silent figure behind some of the greatest poetry of the 20th century - his friend and his confidante.
But never did she become his lover or his wife. From Steven Carroll, one of our most brilliant, award-winning authors, A New England Affair is the third novel in his acclaimed Eliot Quartet, a companion novel to The Lost Life and A World of Other People. It is a deeply moving, intense and poignant novel of a love that never finds the right moment, and so becomes the ghost of what could have been, of what never quite was, and never quite will be.