Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 27/07/2023
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Justice for a voice longing to be heard.
Rome, 1611. A shining and splendid jewel-bright place of endless change, sumptuous palaces cropping up seemingly over night, opulence and wealth on display... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
A retelling and a history all in one.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my advance copy of this book. Eloquent, intelligent and modern this retelling (or should I say repainting) o... READ MORE
Chloë at Cheltenham Waterstones
An artist, a rebel, a survivor.
She wants nothing more than to paint, to get her work into the prestigious collections of the rich and famous of 17th-century Italy, to paint whatever she ... READ MORE
I can’t recommend this book enough! Fremantle’s ‘Disobedient’ is shocking, emotive and raw. The plot is fantastic, and even more intriguing as it is real h... READ MORE
Leigh  Boyle


I'll show you what a woman can do... Rome 1611. A jewel-bright place of change, with sumptuous new palaces and lavish wealth on display. A city where women are seen but not heard. Artemisia Gentileschi dreams of becoming a great artist. Motherless, she grows up among a family of painters - men and boys. She knows she is more talented than her brothers, but she cannot choose her own future. She wants to experience the world, but she belongs to her father and will belong to a husband. As Artemisia patiently goes from lesson to lesson, perfecting her craft, she also paints in private, recreating the women who inspire her, away from her father's eyes. Until a mysterious tutor enters her life. Tassi is a dashing figure, handsome and worldly, and for a moment he represents everything that a life of freedom might offer. But then the unthinkable happens. In the eyes of her family, Artemisia should accept her fate. In the eyes of the law, she is the villain. But Artemisia is a survivor. And this is her story to tell.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241583043
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 592g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm

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An extraordinary novel.
Rome 1611. Artemisia Gentileschi is a passionate artist and hopes to become famous for her work, but she lives in a world where women are expected to be se... READ MORE
Peter  Evans
Strong feminist slant on true life
Artemisia is a woman painter in a world where women cannot be painters. Her talent far surpasses that of her father but he takes credit for her work. He ... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson