Stanley and Elsie

Author(s): Nicola UPSON

Historical Fiction

A compelling novel reimagining the sordid family life of famed painter Stanley Spencer. The First World War is over, and in a quiet Hampshire village, artist Stanley Spencer is working on the commission of a lifetime, painting an entire chapel in memory of a life lost in the war to end all wars. Combining his own traumatic experiences with moments of everyday redemption, the chapel will become his masterpiece. When Elsie Munday arrives to take up position as housemaid to the Spencer family, her life quickly becomes entwined with the charming and irascible Stanley, his artist wife Hilda and their tiny daughter Shirin. As the years pass, Elsie does her best to keep the family together even when love, obsession and temptation seem set to tear them apart ... AUTHOR: Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. She has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the author of two non-fiction works and the recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England. Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels to feature Josephine Tey - one of the leading authors of Britain's age of crime-writing. The book was dramatised by BBC Scotland for Woman's Hour. Nicola lives with her partner in Cambridge and Cornwall. SELLING POINTS: * By a winner of the Arts Council of England's Escalator Award * By the author of the Josephine Tey murder mystery series, the first of which was dramatised by BBC Scotland for Woman's Hour

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General Fields

  • : 9780715653685
  • : Duckworth Publishers
  • : Duckworth Publishers
  • : June 2019
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.9'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 366
  • : Nicola UPSON