Rembrandt's Mirror

by Kim Devereux

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LoveReading View on Rembrandt's Mirror

Longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016.

This is such a stimulating, penetrating and truly beautiful novel, Kim Devereux obviously has a deeply emotional connection to Rembrandt’s work and she opens up and breathes life into his extraordinary world. While detailing the three main lovers or loves of his life, it’s the first person narrative of Hendrikje, as she starts to see the world through his eyes, that allows a profound contact with Rembrandt. It is by no means essential for you to have knowledge of this exceptional artist, if you already know of the works that head the chapters then, by the end you will see them with fresh eyes. If you haven't yet had the pleasure, it’s advisable to wait until you've finished the book before completing any research, instead allow the writing to paint the pictures for you. The author sweeps aside a shadowy curtain to allow a vivacious, exhilarating light to flood in and reveal secrets, illicit lust and deception. A piece of fiction Rembrandt’s Mirror may be, but it feels remarkably authentic and is an absolute joy to read.

One of our Books of the Year 2015. 

A 'Piece of Passion’ from the Publisher...

‘I fell in love with this novel from the very first pages. Rembrandt is a man of dark corners, strange passions and a ruthlessness born from his need to put his art first. Kim Devereux is an extremely sensitive and talented writer, and this novel represents years spent thinking about Rembrandt the artist and the way he painted, but it is also a beautifully and astute portrait of a love affair, between the artist and the girl who became his common-law wife.’ Margaret Stead, Editor of Rembrandt’s Mirror and Publisher Director, Atlantic Books

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Rembrandt's Mirror Synopsis

Hendrickje, a young girl from a strict Calvinist family, leaves home to find work as a maid. Entering Rembrandt's flourishing and busy household after the death of the great artist's wife, she finds a world filled with secrets and desire. Shocked to the core after discovering the intense relationship between Rembrandt and Geertje, his housekeeper, Hendrickje is nevertheless slowly drawn to Rembrandt by his freshness, by his freedom, by his intensity. Rembrandt's Mirror explores the three women of Rembrandt's life, and the towering passions of the artist, seen through the eyes of his last, great love, Hendrickje.

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Rembrandt's Mirror Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Ed Robson - 'A captivating debut novel, firmly rooted in a historical context whilst successfully exploring universal themes of love and mortality.'
  • Joy Bosworth - 'This is a feast of a book, I found myself half way through at the first sitting.'
  • Val Rowe - 'An evocative and reflective tale which is aesthetically delicious.  Kim Devereux's debut novel is a sheer delight.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A fascinating read about Rembrandt and his tangled finances and love life.  Throughout this book though, his genius and charisma shines through - showing why he was the greatest Dutch artist ever.'
  • Sarah Hamid - 'This is a well-researched novel, that would appeal to people interested in the life of Rembrandt. It is a slow, melancholy read which sheds some light on this period of history.'
  • Cathy Small - 'An interesting insight into the private life of Rembrandt and how the women in his life influenced his art and his outlook into his paintings.'
  • Sharon Wood - 'A fictional account of Rembrandt's life imagined through his paintings.  A fascinating account of the conditions and deprivations of 17th century life and thoroughly enjoyable.'
  • Sue Broom - 'A well-written fictionalised account of Rembrandt's later life and work that shows him as the charismatic and vibrant character he must have been.'
  • Neil Beattie - 'An absolute gem of a book. A real page turner. Will hold you captivated from start to finish.'
  • Sarah Mustafa - 'Kim Devereux’s debut novel ‘Rembrandt’s Mirror’ about the artist is a masterpiece of its own.'  
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'It drove me to check out details about his life and also to study his paintings, imagining what life was throwing at him as he struggled to hold it together...Well worth the read, and one you will pass on to your friends.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'I loved it. There was so much detail, it was more than a story, it placed you right there in Amsterdam...Everything about the book was extra ordinary.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'A rich, beautiful debut of a wonderful artist.'
  • Sue Muir - 'This is a absolutely must read if you are interested in art and it is one of those books leaving you marveling at the creativity of Kim Devereux to construct and deliver such a fantastic book.'
  • Jane Brown - 'Rembrandt’s Mirror is so beautifully written by Kim Devereux. This is her debut novel  what a grest start to her writing career.'
  • Victoria Emerson - 'A wonderful and moving story about Rembrandt's later years. Its beautifully written and full of insight. I'd highly recommend it.'

Rembrandt's Mirror Press Reviews

'This commendable debut does for Rembrandt what Girl With A Pearl Earring did for Vermeer.' Mail on Sunday

'Laced with painterly description and art theory ... a powerful and compelling story.' Sunday Telegraph

'The relationship between the painter and the young servant develops into a moving affirmation of the importance of love in the face of the mortality that Rembrandt reflects in his art.' Sunday Times

'An impressively detailed and emotional read.' Daily Mail

'Rembrandt's Mirror provides a powerful portrait of a genius' BBC History Magazine

'Characters are fully drawn and empathetic and Devereux uses words like watercolours - her descriptions are vital and give the book an authenticity that transports the reader back to the 1600s.' Buzz Magazine

'If you liked Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring, I don't see how you can help liking this delightful novel about the Rembrandt household; fiction is a lovely way to imbibe the history of great art... A brilliant portrait of Rembrandt, and his women.' Saga Magazine

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ISBN: 9781782396765
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782396741
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782396765
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Kim Devereux
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kim Devereux

Kim Devereux is an award-winning short-film director and producer of documentaries. Kim holds an MA in History of Art and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and an MA from Bath Spa in Creative Writing. www.kimdevereux.co.uk   Author photo © Bid Jones    

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