A lyrical tale of family secrets and self-discovery


'Brimming with delights, as full of life and colour as Matisse's cut outs. Beautifully written with many sharp and original ideas about life and loss and creativity. A novel of deep pleasures.' --Susie Boyt

'Lyrical, atmospheric, wonderful. This novel has all the romance of the most delicious hot French summer. No-one writes quite like Michèle Roberts.' --Viv Groskop

'Roberts tells her tale carefully, in small brightly coloured segments that can't help but recall the style of Matisse's famous cut-out artworks, and with an eye for domestic detail so sumptuous you can almost feel the linen and smell the sage leaves.' --Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

'A wonderful writer: one in possession of immense feeling' --Rachel Cooke, The Observer

'Roberts writes with wit and honesty.' --The Independent

'A magnificent writer.' --Helen Dunmore ― The Guardian

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.

'Lyrical, atmospheric, wonderful.' -Viv Groskop

'A novel of deep pleasures.' -Susie Boyt


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sandstone Press Ltd (12 Aug. 2021)
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1913207472

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