> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099440734
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

The Book Of Colour

A Family Memoir




'Formidable-memorable and poetic' Evening Standard

'Wandering through dreams and nightmares from Praslin Islands to Mauritius and finally to England, the author unfolds the troubled lives of her forbears, cursed by racial prejudice, sexual inhibition and recurrent mental illness. This first novel is a powerfully and cleverly written expurgation of personal feelings, drawing the reader into a landscape like that of a Dali painting' Eileen Cowey, Scotland on Sunday

  • Pub date: 1 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099440734
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn has written six books of non-fiction, a family memoir, The Three of Us, which won the 2009 J.R. Ackerley Award, and two novels, The Book of Colour and The Leper’s Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Suffolk and Italy.

Also by Julia Blackburn

See all

Praise for The Book Of Colour

“Her narrative vibrates with symbolism and portent. Every event, every encounter, every object shimmers with talismanic power”

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“As a book about the partiality of family history and the peculiar spells of memory, The Book of Colour could hardly be bettered”

Observer


Related titles