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The Marriage Portrait


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Maggie O'Farrell, FRSOL, is the author of HAMNET, Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020, and the memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, both Sunday Times no. 1 bestsellers. Her novels include AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE., and THE MARRIAGE PORTRAIT. She is also the author of two books for children, WHERE SNOW ANGELS GO and THE BOY WHO LOST HIS SPARK. She lives in Edinburgh.


Every bit as evocative and spellbinding as Hamnet. O'Farrell, thank God, just seems to be getting better and better . . . O'Farrell's writing is so vivid it melts away the time and space between now and 16th-century Italy . . . With The Marriage Portrait, then, O'Farrell hasn't just produced another magnificently transporting page-turner. She has given us an exhilarating, devastating look at women's captivity, creativity and ultimately, rebellion in a world run by some very cruel men * i newspaper *
Finely written and vividly imagined, it is far from being simplistic, but there is an engaging simplicity to it . . . a very good one to be read, as publishers used to say, by "children of all ages" * Guardian Book of the Day *
In O'Farrell's hands, historical detail comes alive . . . evocative, moving and sensitively rendered * Spectator *
O'Farrell is simply outstanding * Guardian *
Her writing is exquisite. Immersive and compelling * Marian Keyes *
An extraordinary writer with a profound understanding of the most elemental human bonds * Observer *
One of the most exciting novelists alive * Washington Post *
Ingenious, inventive, humane, wry, truthful . . . better than her last novel * Scotsman *
Her narrative enchantment will wrest suspense and surprise out of a death foretold * Financial Times *

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