Still Life (Hardback)Sarah Winman (author)
From the author of When God Was a Rabbit comes the enchanting tale of an unlikely friendship between a British soldier and an alleged spy in a wartime Tuscany ripe with colour and the ghosts of the past.
1944, in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening.
Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the wreckage and relive 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.
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 and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful novel about beauty, love, family and fate.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 40 mm
‘The sheer joy in Sarah Winman’s storytelling is completely infectious. I’ve loved spending time with this unforgettable cast of characters in extraordinary times and places’ - Graham Norton
‘Readers will want to prolong the pleasure of Sarah Winman’s beautiful novel Still Life for as long as possible. It is a book to get lost in, the kind of story that bolsters the heart and soul. I loved it’ - Donal Ryan, author of From a Low and Quiet Sea
'Embodies the full generosity of the human spirit. This vast, ambitious, galloping bear-hug of a book unashamedly celebrates love in all its many forms. Love of art, love of strangers, love of a good glass of Italian wine and a bowl of pasta cooked with enough salt to taste like the sea. Love of stories. Love of love’ - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
‘An utterly beautiful story, so generous, rich, deeply moving and filled with hope. Sarah Winman is a genius and one of the greatest storytellers of our time.’ - Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
‘Four course nourishment for all Winman fans, it harnesses big hearted storytelling to a dizzying historical sweep to celebrate love in all the available colours’ - Patrick Gale, author of Take Nothing With You
‘I loved this extraordinary, astonishing and exquisite novel. The story of damaged characters restored and repaired by the truth and beauty of Tuscany, as Florence itself is restored and repaired post-war and post-flood is beautifully told. A joy and a pleasure, my book of the year’ - Liz Nugent, author of Little Cruelties
‘I loved every word, every sentence, every beat. It’s about love and our defining moments, and it is utterly beautiful. The characters and places now live in my own memory – to be cherished forever’ - Favel Parrett, author of Past the Shallows
‘I utterly adored it’ - Simon Savidge, @savidgereads
Praise for Sarah Winman:
'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.' - The 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.' - The 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.' - The Independent
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“Firenze, amore mio...”
I loved and read all of Sarah Winman’s books. They all create different worlds to dip into. “Still Life “ is my favourite so far. It is absolutely magical, every character has a great story to tell and as far as I am... More
“Beautiful, tender, and very, very human”
Ulysses and Evelyn meet by chance during WW2, discuss art, fate, and love, and then go their separate ways. As the rest of the novel unfolds, and decades pass, their lives continue to be shaped by the ever-present... More
“Best I've read this year!”
This is a hard review to write as on finishing this book I feel utterly bereft, I really, really did not want it to end, I could quite happily pick it back up and start it all over again and that is a rare feeling... More
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