Nina Bawden’s powerful exploration of deception gradually unfolds a moving story about lies and truths, forgery and fidelity, love and loss.

A painter who is ‘bothered by bills and artistic conscience in about equal measure’ specialises as a copyist, painting modern versions of Old Masters. Major figures in the foreground of his crowded life canvas are Clio, his new bride, and her young boy; Helen, the first wife who left him but has never really separated; and his mother, who observes everything with a splendidly caustic humour. In the background, always, is his own silent son.

The Booker Prize 1987
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Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden

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Nina Bawden was the author of more than 50 books for adults and children and was perhaps best known for her children’s novel Carrie’s War (1973), a story of wartime child evacuees.
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