David Garnett was one of the 'Bloomsbury' set (along with writers such as Virginia Woolf). He died in 1981. As a conscientious objector in the First World War, Garnett worked on fruit farms in Suffolk and Sussex and is the author of 26 books including:
LADY INTO FOX was David Garnett's first novel under his own name, published in 1922. This short and enigmatic work won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize a year later. It’s a real gem.
The Tebricks, a charming, young, upstanding couple, move to Oxfordshire to begin their married life, happily unaware of the future awaiting them. When Sylvia turns suddenly into a fox, their fortunes are changed forever, for all her strenuous attempts to adhere to the proprieties of her upbringing, and resist the feral instincts of her current form. Increasingly cut off from the world, Richard does all he can to protect his wife from the dangers inherent in the world outside their grounds, dangers which are impossible to fight, and which inevitably break down the boundaries between them and the world beyond the garden walls…
A MAN IN THE ZOO is just as original and unusual.
John Cromartie and Josephine Lackett are visiting the zoo, and are in the middle of an argument. John has proposed, but Josephine doesn't want to leave her ailing father - and John believes that she simply doesn't love him enough. Then Josephine tells him that he deserves to be shut up and exhibited in the zoo. She is just venting her anger, but he takes her at her word, and offers himself as an exhibit for the zoo - and, mostly to annoy a troublesome member of the committee, they agree. So he moves in…
DOPE DARLING: A Story Cocaine (written under the pseudonym Leda Burke)
A story of sex, drugs, and music set just before the outbreak of the First World War. “She was always asked to all the parties in the flashy bohemian world in which she moved. No dance, gambling party or secret doping orgy was complete without her, Under the effect of cocaine which she took more and more recklessly, she became inspired with a wild frenzy, and danced like a bacchante, drank off a bottle of champagne and played a thousand wild antics.” Claire is the talk of the town when she meets Roy at a London nightclub. Leaving his fiancée Beatrice, Roy marries the bohemian starlet in only three weeks, entering a world of excess and excitement beyond his wildest dreams. As the cocaine and booze begin to wear him down, and as Britain prepares for war with Germany, he begins to wonder if enlistment could provide him a means of escape. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of David Garnett’s Dope Darling is a classic work of British literature reimagined for modern readers.