Written by Goldie Goldbloom


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In 1903, the artist Gwendolen Mary John travels from London to France with her companion Dorelia. Surviving on their wits and Gwen’s raw talent, the young women walk from Calais to Paris. In the new century, the world is full of promise: it is time for Gwen to step out from the shadow of her overbearing brother Augustus and seek out the great painter and sculptor Auguste Rodin. It is time to be brave and visible, to love and be loved – and time perhaps to become a hero as the stain of anti-Semitism spreads across Europe.

'startling and beautiful; a powerful tribute to a great painter' Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

'a ravishing achievement, a dazzling work of art in its own right’ Dominic Smith, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

'full of surprises, inspired sexual conjectures, moments of pathos and romance, illuminated by Goldbloom’s vivid imagination' Michael Holroyd, author of Augustus John: The New Biography

'Goldbloom’s is a work of imaginative intensity but it is spun from an armature of facts … Goldbloom’s re-creations of London and Paris at the turn of the century are as compelling as the louche sexuality of the narrative. The reader can smell the chill, sooty London air, be mesmerised by the shrill choruses of spring in the French countryside and smell the turpentine and wax in their threadbare, unheated Paris lodgings.' The Australian

'It is the story of all women who chose a life of freedom rather [than] one of servitude …' Herald Sun

ISBN 9781925164251 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories New Releases
Great Big Book Read Books
Book Club Reads
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2017
Pages 392
Rights World
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    Goldie Goldbloom

    Goldie Goldbloom’s short fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly and Narrative. Her stories have been translated into over ten languages, and are often reprinted and anthologised. She grew up in Western Australia and, even though she lives in Chicago with her eight children, has never given up her Australian citizenship. Read more