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Blue Woman by Jonathan Page – book launch
14 April 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Blue Woman – a novel by Jonathan Page pub by weatherglass books
Blue Woman is the fictional life of Rose Hartwood, an eminent
20th century artist. This beautiful novel charts the ebbs and flows
of her personal and professional lives with great subtlety and
We follow Rose the artist, her rise from a bombed out house in
wartime London to something close to fame in the late sixties.
Then as her fame fades, she retreats to her rural hometown in
Wales, where she continues to work and has an affair with a young
artist twenty years her junior. Finally there is a third act, when
others, her son, her lover, the trust founded in her name, gradually
take on her legacy.
We also follow Rose the woman: forced to give a child up for
adoption as a teenager, then a marriage that is increasingly at odds
with the freedom she needs, after which she must face the question
all artists must ask themselves: how to come to terms with one’s
own life and work?
Blue Woman gradually reveals both artist and woman in their
intertwined complexity: joy, struggle, determination, achievement,
regret, the inheritances of love and the consolations of beauty.
Jonathan Page lives and works in the Black Mountains in Powys. Several of
his short stories have been anthologised
in recent years. Sacrifice, a story set in
Bronze Age Norfolk, won the Hay
Writers Prize in 2018. Blue Woman is
his first novel
Pub date. 21st April 2022
Fiction Price: £11.99
Weatherglass Books | www.weatherglassbooks.com
– Explores art and being an artist: the creative
impulse, artistic practice and the artist’s life
‘Genuinely beautiful. This tender, imagistic novel is deeply felt and full of writing to glory in.