Sarah Hall’s richly intense novel about art and artists, grief and loss, and the power and fragility of the mind.

In Italy in the early 1960s, a dying painter considers the sacrifices and losses that have made him an enigma as he begins his last painting. Thirty year later in Cumbria, a landscape artist - who once wrote letters to the Italian recluse - finds himself trapped in the extreme terrain that made him famous. And in present-day London, his art curator daughter, struggling with the sudden loss of her twin brother, is drawn into a world of darkness and sexual abandon.

The Man Booker Prize 2009
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Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

About the Author

Sarah Hall is a prize magnet; her first five novels were all nominated for high-profile awards. The Electric Michelangelo, her second, started her long association with the Booker Prize.
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Other nominated books by Sarah Hall

The Electric Michaelangelo