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Invisible River by Helena McEwen
  

Invisible River

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Synopsis

Invisible River by Helena McEwen

I walked out into the autumn morning and smelt a bonfire behind the exhaust fumes. I only had to cross the road to walk into the tall glass cube that would be my art school for the next three years. Evie has left her father, her life in Cornwall and her childhood behind her to begin a very different sort of life in London. At first the great city provides her with a world of inspiration. Her imagination is fired by the history, and the scenes of London. With Rob, Bianca and 'the ballerina', Evie discovers the ancient and ever-changing city and her paintings are filled with colour and fantasy as she indulges her need to escape. This new life seems safe and peaceful until the moment her alcoholic father arrives and spins this new world around so that the past is again her present. Evie struggles to carry on with the life she has been building but her fears and memories are never far away. The dreams and the nightmares come together on the canvas of Evie's young life and it is her new friends, the city she has fallen in love with, and most of all, her growing friendship with a talented young sculptor, that must hold her together. This is the story of a daughter, an artist and the moment when you realise your life is your own. Helena McEwen draws together the themes of art, love, friendship and memory with a painter's skill, in a story filled with hope.

Reviews

'An evocative reminder of how it feels to be young'
Guardian

'A moving, poetically written novel, and its themes are of enduring interest: love, loss, responsibility, friendship, loneliness and the importance and meaning of art'
Scotsman

'McEwen writes with such conversational ease and displays such an artist's eye that the novel rarely fails to charm. Who knew innocence could be so engaging?'
Financial Times

'A truly gifted writer'
Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Helena McEwen
Helena McEwen grew up in Scotland and lives in London. She trained as a painter at Camberwell and Chelsea art schools and has mounted several exhibitions of her paintings. Her debut novel, The Big House, was first published in 1999. Her second, Ghost Girl, follows a thirteen-year-old girl to a convent boarding school in the English countryside.

Photograph © Mark Pringle

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Book Info

Publication date

19th January 2012

Author

Helena McEwen

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408821671

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