Book of Colours

Book of Colours 1

by Robyn Cadwallader

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 23/04/2018

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From Robyn Cadwallader, author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Anchoress, comes a deeply profound and moving novel of the importance of creativity and the power of connection, told through the story of the commissioning of a gorgeously decorated medieval manuscript, a Book of Hours.

London, 1321: In a small shop in Paternoster Row, three people are drawn together around the creation of a magnificent book, an illuminated manuscript of prayers, a book of hours. Even though the commission seems to answer the aspirations of each one of them, their own desires and ambitions threaten its completion. As each struggles to see the book come into being, it will change everything they have understood about their place in the world.

In many ways, this is a story about power - it is also a novel about the place of women in the roiling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century; what power they have, how they wield it, and just how temporary and conditional it is.

Rich, deep, sensuous and full of life, Book of Colours is also, most movingly, a profoundly beautiful story about creativity and connection, and our instinctive need to understand our world and communicate with others through the pages of a book.

ISBN:
9781460752210
9781460752210
Category:
Historical fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
23-04-2018
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
368
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x28mm
Weight:
0.43kg
Robyn Cadwallader

Robyn Cadwallader has published numerous, prize-winning short stories and reviews, as well as a poetry and non-fiction. She lives among vineyards outside Canberra when not travelling to England for research, visiting ancient archaeological sites along the way.

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  • Book of Colours

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    Beautifully written and a ticket to medieval times......for anyone who is interested in Illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy it is a must read. Robyn Cadwallader's extensive research brings to life the era (early 1300's) in London......the riches, the squalor, the poverty...so well that the reader can almost smell and feel it. A book very difficult to put down once begun.