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Still Life

by Sarah Winman

Historical Fiction

Still Life Synopsis

By the bestselling, prize-winning author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a beautiful, big-hearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood... and the ghost of E.M. Forster. We just need to know what the heart's capable of, Evelyn. And do you know what it's capable of? I do. Grace and fury. It's 1944 and in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance and bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening together. Ulysses Temper is a young British solider and one-time globe-maker, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and relive her memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view. These two unlikely people find kindred spirits in each other and Evelyn's talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses mind that will shape the trajectory of his life - and of those who love him - for the next four decades. Moving from the Tuscan Hills, to the smog of the East End and the piazzas of Florence, Still Life is a sweeping, mischievous, richly-peopled novel about beauty, love, family and fate.

Still Life Press Reviews

'The writing is powerful and yet understated, whether in Winman's observations about relationships or her evocations of landscapes. With her skilful command of language and deep emotional insight, Winman has produced in the exquisitely crafted Tin Man her best novel to date' Observer

'This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once' Matt Haig

'Tin Man is a marvel, full of love, longing and loss, huge emotions described in such a beautifully understated way that their impact is all the more powerful' S Magazine

'An exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss' Guardian

'It's exquisite. There are stories you just feel privileged to read. Sarah's writing breaks you and heals you, all in the same moment, and I haven't been so moved, and so in love with a book and its characters in a very long time' Joanna Cannon

'Tin Man may be a short novel, at just 195 pages, but it packs an enormous punch' Independent

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ISBN: 9780008283353
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008283353
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Author: Sarah Winman
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction,
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction,

About Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. When God Was a Rabbit is her first novel. She lives in London.

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