An Equal Stillness : Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers 2009, Paperback Book

An Equal Stillness : Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers 2009 Paperback

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Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers 2009Artist, lover, wife, mother: can one woman be them all?Born in 1924, Jennet Mallow grew up with a disillusioned mother and a father haunted by memories of war.

But Jennet has a talent - and a passion - for art. When she meets the handsome painter David Heaton they begin a tempestuous affair which takes them from the dank terraces of London to a bohemian artistic community in St Ives.

But as Jennet's career flourishes, her relationship with David suffers - with potentially tragic consequences . . . 'The most beautiful, accomplished debut I have read for a long time . . . It is a powerful novel by a supremely talented artist' OBSERVER 'Enchanting . . . exquisitely written' DAILY EXPRESS'A masterful portrait of a woman forging an unexpectedly dazzling career against the backdrop of familial duty' EASY LIVING


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I enjoyed the underlying story however I found this a book of three parts. One part story line, one part art discriptions and one part flowery phrases. The story line was interesting enough when you got past the way too many idulgent flowery phrases and art discriptions. Less would definately be more in this case. A few well constructed beautiful phrases can be long remembered after you finish a book but so many just get lost and you find yourself wading through them to get to the meat and bones of the story instead of enhancing it . I found by the end of the book I didn't actually like any of the characters.

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Really enjoyed this book, well written, good plot, believable with lots to say.

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Novel about the sources of creativity. Told is the story of a woman painter, Jennet Mallow (1924-2000) from her youthfull discovery of her love for drawing, till the end of her eventfull, passionate and dramatic life. Described are her childhood, young womanhood, relations with her father (crippled by memories of devasting wars), her disappointed mother, her fat sister, her art schooling, husband, familylife, children and lovers. And foremost her drive to paint and the concentration she need to succeed. A good deal of the book is spent on the description of the paintings. The story is loosely modelled on the life of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth and her circle. The First half of the novel is a good read. Beautiful descriptions about form and colour, but then the concept starts to rankle and looses her credibility. Still I found it a readable book about a subject I love; painting in form, colour and substance.

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