An Equal Stillness

by Francesca Kay

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Written as if a biographer is writing about an artist not recognised in their time this is a moving and beautifully written debut delving in to the world of art, creativity and passion. A very moving story, from an exciting new talent.

An Equal Stillness Synopsis

Jennet Mallow is born in Yorkshire in the 1920s but her interest in art and creativity alienates her from her family, her father who is a priest, her conventional sister and her emotionally stunted mother. Jennet moves to London in search of a more exciting life and finds it in her new environment and in the handsome and enigmatic figure of the painter David Heaton.

When Jennet falls pregnant, her parents more or less force the two to marry. In the post-war austerity of the 1940s, the young couple struggles to make ends meet and Jennet finds that her home life is gradually eroding everything she has fought to achieve. Aware that David is becoming increasingly reliant on drink and tired of the dank and drab bed-sit in which they live, Jennet suggests they move to Spain. There, the bright blue skies, warm air and sunlit beaches give the couple and their children a new lease of life.

Jennet begins to paint again and an agent takes an interest in her work. But as Jennet's own career begins to take off, her relationship with David sours and the two enter a destructive spiral with tragic consequences.

 

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An Equal Stillness Press Reviews

'An Equal Stillness is pitch perfect. Kay describes Mallow's painting with an arresting intensity' Eithne Farry, DAILY MAIL
 
'An enchanting life story... Exquisitely written: the descriptions of Jennet's work, paintings that never existed and the descriptions of colour are breathtaking.' DAILY EXPRESS
 
'Kay writes about art with a wonderful sensuality and relish' THE TIMES
 
'Kay's writing is beautifully intense' FINANCIAL TIMES
 
'a compelling, vivid portrait'  THE GUARDIAN
 
'Francesca Kay's impressive first novel is a fictional biography... The descriptions of artworks are remarkable. Colour is evoked with amazing subtlety.' THE INDEPENDENT
 
'the most beautiful, accomplished debut I have read for a long time... It is a powerful novel by a supremely talented artist.' Francesca Segal, THE OBSERVER

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ISBN: 9780753825655
Publication date: 03/08/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780297855491
Publication date: 15/01/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753825655
Publication date: 3rd August 2009
Author: Francesca Kay
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Francesca Kay

Francesca Kay grew up in South-east Asia and India and has subsequently lived in Jamaica, the United States, Germany and Ireland. She now lives in Oxford with her family and works in British-Irish relations.

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