The Quality of Love at Hatchards, Piccadilly

We are thrilled to welcome Ariane Bankes here to Hatchards this evening to discuss her brilliant new biography of the Paget twins, The Quality of Love.

When her mother Celia Paget died, Ariane Bankes inherited a battered trunk stuffed with letters and diaries belonging to Celia and her twin Mamaine. This correspondence charted the remarkable lives of the Paget sisters and their friends and lovers, including Arthur Koestler, Albert Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir, and George Orwell.

Through this rich archive, The Quality of Love weaves the story of these captivating and unusually beautiful identical twins who overcame a meagre education to take 1930s London society by storm and move among Europe’s foremost intellectuals during the twentieth century’s most dramatic decades.

To discuss this sparkling portrait of the two spirited twin-sisters, Ariane will be in conversation with Cressida Connolly, author of The Rare and the Beautiful: The Lives of the Garmans.

Do join us if you can for what promises a fascinating evening!

Tickets include £5 off purchase of The Quality of Love this evening.

IMPORTANT Please note that due to the Hatchards customer lift being refurbished, access to the event is by stairs only. Many apologies for any inconvenience this causes.