The supple, verbless sentences of Fracesca Kay's accomplished first novel create a sensuous prose full of colour, taste and smell.
A new star has arrived on the literary scene.
What distinguishes this tale...is Kay's fine balance of romance and realism and her beautiful evocation of how paintings reflect their creator's experiences.
one dazzingly brilliantly executed scene after another...A marvel.
An impressive debut novel that paints a vivid portrait of a woman torn between the conflicts of creativity and familial duty.
The most astounding success lies in the conjuring up of a lifetime's work - a glorious succession of paintings brought to sustained, poetic life.
This is an outstanding literary debut, with masterful variation in style and characterisation of deep insight
sensual...Francesca Kay knows - and shows - how good art takes on a life all of its own.
an absorbing and ambitious debut