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  • Published: 31 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448190898
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192
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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

The Book of Colour is about childhood, about madness, about the fear of miscegenation - and about a pig. It establishes Julia Blackburn as one of the most original English writers since Chatwin. It was shortlisted for The Orange Prize 1996.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448190898
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

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.

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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

“A brilliant fantasy of bizarre and magical imagination”

Mary Wesley, Daily Mail


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