The Water and the Wine: Tamar Hodes’ Novel About Leonard Cohen & Marianne On Hydra

The Water and the Wine

It is the 1960s and a group of young writers and artists gather on the Greek island of Hydra. Leonard Cohen is at the start of his career and in love with Marianne, who is also muse to her ex-husband, Axel. Australian authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift drink, write and fight. It is a hedonistic time of love, sex and new ideas. As the island hums with excitement, Jack and Frieda join the community, hoping to mend their broken marriage. However, Greece is overtaken by a military junta and the artistic idyll is threatened. In this fictionalised account of the time, Tamar Hodes explores the destructive side of creativity and the price that we pay for our dreams.

2019 Update: The Water and the Wine is being translated into Italian.

On Sale: The Water and the Wine is now available as a paperback and an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookseller sites.

Read the early chapters here.

Tamar Hodes

Growing up, Tamar Hodes’ neighbours were Leonard Cohen, his girlfriend Marianne, and other writers and artists on Hydra. Tamar was three when her parents took her to live on the Greek island, as they wanted to pursue their own art and writing. However, the bohemian nature of Hydra took its toll on their marriage. The Water and the Wine is a fictional account of those days.

Tamar Hodes’ first novel Raffy’s Shapes was published in 2006. She has had stories on Radio 4 and others in anthologies including Salt’s The Best British Short Stories 2015, The Pigeonhole, Your One Phone Call, the Ofi Press, MIR online and Fictive Dream. Tamar was born in Israel and lived on Hydra and in South Africa before settling in the UK. She read English and Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. For the past thirty-three years she has taught English in schools, universities and prisons.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Jan 30, 2018.

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