Sam Kitchener

Guilt Trip

Beautiful Animals

By

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The Greek island of Hydra has long been a favoured bolthole for the louche and bohemian. ‘Aesthetically,’ wrote Henry Miller, ‘it is perfect.’ In 1960 Leonard Cohen marvelled at the way ‘life has been going on here exactly the same for hundreds of years.’ The novelist Lawrence Osborne is well acquainted with Hydra’s history as a sun-blushed haven from the ugliness of modern life, having written about the island wearing his other Panama hat as a travel journalist for the New York Times.

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