Off the Kings Road

Off the Kings Road

Lost and Found in London

Book - 2006
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"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." —from Off 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. Instead—in a maneuver Raphael wasn't expecting—he left her for an eighteen-year-old actress. And in a decision she could never have predicted, Raphael stayed.

In Off 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 entirely—a woman in command, for better or worse, of her own life. Written with seductive elegance, humor, and sexual candor, Off the King's Road speaks to women of all ages of the possibilities of a life transformed by circumstance.

Baker & Taylor
The memoirs of an American expatriate in London describe her arrival in England in 1968, the restless wife of a Hollywood film producer, planning to live in London during the film production, her decision to remain after her husband leaves her for a teenage actress, and her struggle to rebuild her life against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.

Norton Pub
"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."from Off 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.

In Off 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 naòve, 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 Road speaks to women of all ages of the possibilities of a life transformed by circumstance.

Book News
Living in London during the 1960s, Raphael's husband, a film producer, left her for a young actress. She provides a memoir of her life there, recounting her experiences during the "swinging sixties," along with how she found a new life, and returned to the US in 1971. Raphael (creative writing, Columbia U.) is a journalist, essayist, and novelist. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In December 1968, Phyllis Raphael landed in London 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. Instead - in a maneuver Raphael wasn't expecting - he left her for an eighteen-year-old actress. And in a decision she never could have predicted, Raphael stayed.
In Off the King's Road, Rapahel writes of being an expatriate let loose in a country and a world which in the turbulent 1960s was becoming expatriated from itself. She arrived in London - naive, dependent, dissatisfied - and left several years later as another person entirely: a woman in command, for better or worse, of her own life. Written with elegance, humor, and sexual candor, Off the King's Road speaks to women of all ages of the possibilities of a life transformed by circumstance.

Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781590512593
1590512596
Branch Call Number: 813.54 R1814o 2006
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 22 cm

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