Still Life

Author(s): Sarah Winman

Fiction | Anna

From the author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster. 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 E.M. 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.‘Sheer joy' Graham Norton‘Utterly beautiful … filled with hope’ Joanna Cannon‘A bear-hug of a book’ Rachel Joyce‘Four course nourishment for all Winman fans’ Patrick Gale‘Extraordinary . . . my book of the year’ Liz Nugent‘The kind of story that bolsters the heart and soul’ Donal Ryan

Staff notes: Irresistibly charming, Still Life by Sarah Winman is the epitome of armchair travel. It’s also the book version of my very favourite kind of physical travel: being alone in a foreign city with no itinerary, free to meander and delight in the small exotic wonders tucked around each corner. Like these meandering streets, the novel takes us on a journey from the 1940s - late 1970s and explores enduring friendships, art, history, food, wine, culture & music. There’s also a talking parrot who recites Shakespeare, just for good measure. These things are all wrapped up in an exquisite love song to Florence which will get stuck in your head and your heart and never, ever leave you. — Anna


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Loved it. Will resonate with fans of Kate Atkinson and anyone who's enjoyed Florence.  - April   

Absolutely beautiful, I cried at the end. Cathy - long term customer

General Fields

  • : 9780008283360
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • : Harper Element
  • : 0.54
  • : November 2020
  • : 3.4 Centimeters X 15.5 Centimeters X 23.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sarah Winman
  • : Paperback
  • : 2106
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 464