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Still Life - Sarah Winman

Still Life - Sarah Winman

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Title: Still Life

Author:  Sarah Winman

ISBN:  9780008283353

Weight:  990 g

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Still Life by Sarah Winman

From the author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster.

We just need to know what the heart’s capable of, Evelyn.
And do you know what it’s capable of?
I do.  Grace and fury.

It is 1944 and in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance and bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening together.

Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy.  She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the wreckage and relive memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view.

These two unlikely people find kindred spirits in each other and Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses’ mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for the next four decades.

Moving from the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful, richly-peopled novel about beauty, love, family and fate.

Peer & Press Reviews

Readers will want to prolong the pleasure of Sarah Winman’s beautiful novel Still Life for as long as possible.  It is a book to get lost in, the kind of story that bolsters the heart and soul.  I loved it.

Donal Ryan, author of From a Low and Quiet Sea

Embodies the full generosity of the human spirit.  This vast, ambitious, galloping bear-hug of a book unashamedly celebrates love in all its many forms.  Love of art, love of strangers, love of a good glass of Italian wine and a bowl of pasta cooked with enough salt to taste like the sea.  Love of stories.  Love of love.

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Four course nourishment for all Winman fans, it harnesses big hearted storytelling to a dizzying historical sweep to celebrate love in all the available colours.

Patrick Gale, author of Take Nothing With You

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Still Life
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This Independent Bookshop edition has exclusive endpapers and is signed on a page tipped-in before the half title page.  As well as the book’s title, the phrase ‘Limited Signed Edition’ is also printed on this page.

Issued direct by 4th Estate, the total number of books in this unnumbered limited edition is unknown.

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

InWords Literary Award 2021 – winner

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2021 – winner (fiction)

TV coverage This title will be one of the six books featured in BBC2’s third series of ‘Between the Covers’, which is hosted by Sara Cox.
Radio coverage BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-min. episodes, broadcast Mon–Fri at 10:45pm from 21 July 2021.
Book Stats
Publisher HarperCollinsPublishers
Imprint 4th Estate
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9780008283353
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 436
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 42mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Patricia Niven
Jacket design Ellie Game
Jacket illustration Ellie Game
Jacket image Shutterstock (parrot)

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