This intimate and compelling novel deftly interweaves three periods in the life of 17th-century painter Nathaniel Deller: in 1650, just after Charles I's execution, the young Deller joins a political group too radical even for the Roundheads; ten years later, on the night of Charles II's return from exile, Deller is accused by his former friend Thomas Digby of betraying their ideals; and in 1680, the increasingly blind painter commissions his former pupil William Stroud to finish the portrait of his late wife, knowing this could reignite the romance between Stroud and the daughter he tyrannises. Offering a vivid picture of England during a period of great turmoil, "Ghost Potrait" explores the conflict between public duty and private desire, idealism and ambition.
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"'An intimate drama that wears its learning lightly, written with great clarity and the minimum of narrative fuss... Suffused with desire and regret, this beautiful, understated novel is a moving meditiation on change and compromise' - Guardian 'Norminton's prose is as lyrical as ever, at its best in his wonderfully bucolic realisation of the Diggers' doomed utopian community... Anything by Gregory Norminton is a pleasure to read - the pages skip by in his light, cadenced style' - Time Out 'An elegant, convincing historical novel whose setting complements rather than engulfs the human drama' - Times Literary Supplement"
About Gregory Norminton
Gregory Norminton was born in 1976. He studied at Oxford and trained as an actor. His first novel, THE SHIP OF FOOLS, was published by Sceptre in 2002 and was followed in 2004 by ARTS AND WONDERS, for which he won an Arts Council Writers' Award.
Ghost Portrait by Gregory Norminton
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