Off the Kings Road: lost and found in London

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Other Press, Jan 17, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 327 pages
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Visit the website: otherpress.com/offthekingsroad "The city had begun to enter me. It was the ultimate distraction. London was an endless maze of places I could lose myself. . . . Walking, I wanted to live on every gorgeous London street." fromOff the King's Road In an understated, urbane style that recalls such memoirists as Joan Didion and Paula Fox, Phyllis Raphael describes how she landed in London in December 1968 as the restless wife of a Hollywood movie producer. She had brought her three young children from Los Angeles and the plan was to live in London for three months on MGM's dime while her husband was producing a film there. Insteadin a maneuver Raphael wasn't expectinghe left her for an eighteen-year-old actress. And in a decision she could never have predicted, Raphael stayed. InOff the King's Road, Raphael writes of being an exile and an accident victim, an expatriate let loose in a country and in a world that in the turbulent 1960s was becoming expatriated from itself. She arrived in London naive, dependent, and dissatisfied, and left several years later as another person entirelya woman in command, for better or worse, of her own life. Written with seductive elegance, humor, and sexual candor,Off the King's Roadspeaks to women of all ages of the possibilities of a life transformed by circumstance.

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Phyllis Raphael

Phyllis Raphael is a journalist, essayist, and novelist. She is the winner of a PEN award for short fiction, and her stories and essays have appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and Vogue. She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University. A chapter of Off the King's Road appeared in Harper's magazine. She lives in New York City.