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Pub Date 12 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 18 Aug 2021

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A lyrical tale of family secrets and self-discovery.
Denis knows his mother kept things from him.
His godmother, Clemence, knows the truth.
In rich, sensuous prose, Roberts interweaves Denis's search for answers with Clemence's memories of the time she spent working for Matisse.

A lyrical tale of family secrets and self-discovery.
Denis knows his mother kept things from him.
His godmother, Clemence, knows the truth.
In rich, sensuous prose, Roberts interweaves Denis's...

Advance Praise

'Lyrical, atmospheric, wonderful.' -Viv Groskop

'A novel of deep pleasures.' -Susie Boyt

'Lyrical, atmospheric, wonderful.' -Viv Groskop

'A novel of deep pleasures.' -Susie Boyt


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ISBN 9781913207472
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This is a novel of deep pleasures and I devoured this in one sitting. A lyrical tale of family secrets and self-discovery. Denis knows his mother kept things from him. His godmother, Clemence, knows the truth. In rich, sensuous prose, Roberts interweaves Denis's search for answers with Clemence's memories of the time she spent working for Matisse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This novel alternates between present day Denis, travelling from London to visit his godmother Clem in France, and her youth many decades previously, working in close proximity to Henri Matisse. I felt the twist coming, the big reveal between Clem and Denis, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying. I’ve only read a few of Roberts’ books but I love her writing, her poetic and beautiful prose, and I’ll definitely be back for more of her backlist soon.

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