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Book Of Colours review ✓ 6 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 ro Book of Colours a beautifully written multi layered historical fction set in early 1300s England was a five star read for me There are three connecting story lines The family of limners and their workersapprentices are preparing an illuminated book for a noble lady Mathilda the noble lady has commissioned the book and Gemma the wife of the head limner is preparing an book of her own as an instruction in the art of illuminationI enjoyed the style of writing which is poetic and sensual Also the different timelines which intersected and had their own pace The characters are lifelike and they and their stories develop well during the course of the book This all made it uite a suspenseful read for me I also enjoyed the settings which through the use of language brought that era its sights and smells aliveI highly recommend Book of Colours and thank the publishers for the opportunity to read it Panzer Ace: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy 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 ro Book of Colours a beautifully written multi layered historical fction set in early 1300s England was a five star read for me There are three connecting story lines The family of limners and their workersapprentices are preparing an illuminated book for a noble lady Mathilda the noble lady has commissioned the book and Gemma the wife of the head limner is preparing an book of her own as an instruction in the art of illuminationI enjoyed the style of writing which is poetic and sensual Also the different timelines which intersected and had their own pace The characters are lifelike and they and their stories develop well during the course of the book This all made it One Night that Changed Everything uite a suspenseful read for me I also enjoyed the settings which through the A Gentlewomans Ravishment (The Ladies Sewing Circle, #2) use of language brought that era its sights and smells aliveI highly recommend Book of Colours and thank the publishers for the opportunity to read it

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Book Of Colours review ✓ 6 Iling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century; what power they have how they wield it and just how temporary and conditional it isRich 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'Robyn Cadwallader fashions words with the same delicate colourful intensity that her 14th century illuminators brought to their illustrated manuscripts Book of Colours brings alive a harsh but rich past filled with the fantasies fears sly wit and tender longings of the medieval imagination' Sarah Dunant'Book of Colours shows the depth of possibility a book might hold all the while shimmering with the beauty and fragility of an ancient If you touch the page it s smooth and fine In fourteenth century England books are rare and treasured items They are often symbols of wealth and status who else apart from wealthy nobles and the church could afford to commission a book In London in 1321 during a rebellion against Edward II and his hated favourite Hugh Despenser work is scarce In John Dancaster s small shop on Paternoster Row a small group of people are drawn together to illustrate a Book of Hours for Lady Mathilda of the Fitzjohn family John Dancaster is a renowned limner or illuminator he has two apprentices his son Nick who is just commencing his apprenticeship and Benedict who has almost finished his John s wife Gemma also works in the shop and they are joined by Will who has recently fled from Cambridge Gemma John and Will each have their own aspirations strengths and secretsThe rebellion will have its impact on both John Dancaster s shop and on the Fitzjohn family As the story unfolds the limits placed on the role of women in 14th century England become clear Lady Mathilda s circumstances change as a conseuence of the rebellion while Gemma Dancaster s skills are not recognised and must be hidden Will has his own demons to contend with while John has to contend with a loss of his own What I meant was simple enough Even a beggar knows beauty when he sees it The story has two timelines the creation of the book and Lady Mathilda s reflections over that period The story is also about two books the public Book of Hours being created for Lady Mathilda and the private book The Art of Illumination being created secretly by Gemma as advice for her son Nick Each chapter opens with a paragraph or two from The Art of Illumination This book covers topics from the preparation of the skin to the composition of some of the colours I enjoyed this novel I found the information contained in The Art of Illumination engrossing I found the characters especially Gemma Will and Lady Mathilda interesting I kept turning the pages not uite sure how the story was going to end but wanting to absorb as much of it as I could This is Ms Cadwallader s second novel and well worth reading I also enjoyed her first novel The Anchoress and would happily recommend them both to lovers of historical fiction What worlds these pages make Note My thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposesJennifer Cameron Smith Panzer Ace: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy understand our world and communicate with others through the pages of a book'Robyn Cadwallader fashions words with the same delicate colourful intensity that her 14th century illuminators brought to their illustrated manuscripts Book of Colours brings alive a harsh but rich past filled with the fantasies fears sly wit and tender longings of the medieval imagination' Sarah Dunant'Book of Colours shows the depth of possibility a book might hold all the while shimmering with the beauty and fragility of an ancient If you touch the page it s smooth and fine In fourteenth century England books are rare and treasured items They are often symbols of wealth and status who else apart from wealthy nobles and the church could afford to commission a book In London in 1321 during a rebellion against Edward II and his hated favourite Hugh Despenser work is scarce In John Dancaster s small shop on Paternoster Row a small group of people are drawn together to illustrate a Book of Hours for Lady Mathilda of the Fitzjohn family John Dancaster is a renowned limner or illuminator he has two apprentices his son Nick who is just commencing his apprenticeship and Benedict who has almost finished his John s wife Gemma also works in the shop and they are joined by Will who has recently fled from Cambridge Gemma John and Will each have their own aspirations strengths and secretsThe rebellion will have its impact on both John Dancaster s shop and on the Fitzjohn family As the story One Night that Changed Everything unfolds the limits placed on the role of women in 14th century England become clear Lady Mathilda s circumstances change as a conseuence of the rebellion while Gemma Dancaster s skills are not recognised and must be hidden Will has his own demons to contend with while John has to contend with a loss of his own What I meant was simple enough Even a beggar knows beauty when he sees it The story has two timelines the creation of the book and Lady Mathilda s reflections over that period The story is also about two books the public Book of Hours being created for Lady Mathilda and the private book The Art of Illumination being created secretly by Gemma as advice for her son Nick Each chapter opens with a paragraph or two from The Art of Illumination This book covers topics from the preparation of the skin to the composition of some of the colours I enjoyed this novel I found the information contained in The Art of Illumination engrossing I found the characters especially Gemma Will and Lady Mathilda interesting I kept turning the pages not A Gentlewomans Ravishment (The Ladies Sewing Circle, #2) uite sure how the story was going to end but wanting to absorb as much of it as I could This is Ms Cadwallader s second novel and well worth reading I also enjoyed her first novel The Anchoress and would happily recommend them both to lovers of historical fiction What worlds these pages make Note My thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposesJennifer Cameron Smith

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Book Of Colours review ✓ 6 Gilded page' Eleanor Limprecht'Extraordinary a real sensory experience suffused with colours' ABC Radio National The BookshelfPraise for The Anchoress'So beautiful so rich so strange unexpected and thoughtful also suspenseful I loved this book' Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love'Affecting finely drawn a considerable achievement' Sarah Dunant New York Times'Elegant and elouent' Irish Mail'Cadwallader's writing evokes a heightened attention to the senses you might never read a novel so sensuous yet unconcerned with romantic love For this alone it is worth seeking out But also because The Anchoress achieves what every historical novel attempts reimagining the past while opening a new window like a suint perhaps to our present lives' Sydney Morning Herald'A novel of page turning grace' Newtown Review of Boo Beautifully detailed prose fascinating sense of time s complexities good gravy I loved it

  • Paperback
  • 400
  • Book Of Colours
  • Robyn Cadwallader
  • en
  • 03 April 2020
  • 9781460756751