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Aspects of bohemian love by Liz Hodgkinson

Features | By Liz Hodgkinson

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is based on a book by Bunny Garnett, Bloomsbury Group writer – and Liz Hodgkinson’s childhood neighbour

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Aspects of Love returns to the West End for a 12-week run in May, starring Michael Ball. But who was the extraordinary man who wrote the romantic novel of tangled love affairs on which the musical is based? This was David Garnett, always known as Bunny. Born in March 1892 and the only child of publisher’s reader Edward Garnett and Constance (née Black), who translated many Russian novels into English, Bunny led a highly tangled love life of his own. An integral member of the Bloomsbury Group, he had many affairs with both men and women, before and during his two marriages. He first married illustrator Rachel Marshall, with whom he had two sons, and then Angelica Bell, 26 years his junior, with whom he had four daughters. And that is where I come in, as I knew both Bunny and Angelica. Their four girls...

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