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An Equal Stillness

An Equal Stillness

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An outstanding debut novel about the conflicts of creativity and family and a love affair that survives against all the odds. Jennet Mallow is born in Yorkshire in the 1920s but her interest in art and creativity alienates her from her family, her father who is a priest, her conventional sister and her emotionally stunted mother. Jennet moves to London in search of a more exciting life and finds it in her new environment and in the handsome and enigmatic figure of the painter David Heaton. When Jennet falls pregnant, her parents more or less force the two to marry. In the post-war austerity of the 1940s, the young couple struggles to make ends meet and Jennet finds that her home life is gradually eroding everything she has fought to achieve. Aware that David is becoming increasingly reliant on drink and tired of the dank and drab bed-sit in which they live, Jennet suggests they move to Spain. There, the bright blue skies, warm air and sunlit beaches give the couple and their children a new lease of life. Jennet begins to paint again and an agent takes an interest in her work.

But as Jennet's own career begins to take off, her relationship with David sours and the two enter a destructive spiral with tragic consequences.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 03/08/2009 ISBN-13: 9780753825655  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Francesca Kay grew up in South-east Asia and India and has subsequently lived in Jamaica, the United States and Germany. Her first novel, An Equal Stillness, won the Orange Award for New Writers, and was shortlisted for Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Europe and South Asia Region). She lives with her family in Oxford.

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A novel that echoes biography: Jennet Mallow leaves behind Yorkshire for the cultural maelstrom of London. She struggles to transcend the challenges of marriage - her artist husband vacillates between acclaimed inspiration and alcoholic oblivion - and motherhood, but never relinquishes her own dreams of artistic recognition. Kay's vivid and elegant writing allows the possibilities of expression through language and painting to intersect.

- Jonathan

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/01/2014


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