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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tokas were the talk of pre-war Paris. Photographed by Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, painted by Picasso and written about by Hemingway, they were at the heart of Parisian cultural and literary life.

Alice, convinced that Gertrude was a genius, cooked for her, typed her manuscripts and fought to obtain the fame she was convinced Gertrude was due. Alice said Gertrude was the happiest person she had ever known, and was besotted with her for the many years they were together. They were indomitable, charismatic, and wildly eccentric, driving around in ‘Auntie’, their Ford, with Basket, their cherished poodle. In Gertrude and Alice, award-winning writer Diana Souhami brings these two extraordinary women, and the fascinating world in which they moved, to vivid life.


'Irresistibly charming' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph.
Daily Telegraph
'Perfect: deadpan, brief and witty' Independent.
'A brilliant and witty chronicle. Not only star-studded but light-filled' John Richardson, author of A Life of Picasso.
John Richardson
'Souhami hits a true note in her ebullient introduction and sustains it throughout. Her narrative is terse and exact and her book, the story of two serious ladies, is very funny indeed' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times.
Sunday Times
'Souhami is deeply sympathetic to Gertrude and Alice. She is also witty and unsentimental' Victoria Glendenning, The Times.
The Times
'Wonderfully entertaining. Not many biographies can make you laugh out loud. A real treat' Time Out.
Time Out