In November 1929, Christopher Isherwood - determined to become a 'permanent foreigner' - packed a rucksack and two suitcases and left England on a one-way ticket for Berlin. With incredible candour and wit, Isherwood recalls the decadence of Berlin's night scene and his route to sexual liberation. As the Nazis rise to power, Isherwood describes his dramatic struggle to save his partner Heinz from persecution.
"Pepys of the bohemian quarter"
"Indispensable for admirers of this truly masterly writer"
"Christopher and His Kind is written with the lucidity, the intelligence, and the wit that we have come to expect from Isherwood at his best"
"Christopher Isherwood is back in vogue"
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Katherine Bucknell edited The Animals, a collection of Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy's love letters. She charts the journey to bringing them to life in a podcast starring Simon Callow and Alan Cumming