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The story of the tumultuous love affair that inspired Edvard Munch to paint The Scream – ‘a bewitching debut novel’ The Pool

Summer 1893. In a small Norwegian fishing village, local girl Johanne dutifully gathers berries for tourists and poses barefoot for painters as ‘The Strawberry Girl’.

When Johanne becomes a maid for the wealthy Ihlen family, their wayward daughter recruits her as a go-between in her pursuit of the controversial painter Edvard Munch. But when she is asked to hide more than just secrets, Johanne must decide whether to take the risk…

Reviews

A tale of lost innocence, the power of art and the pain of love

Sunday Express

Bewitching debut novel… It’s a vivid, intoxicating blend of fact and fiction, desire and creativity. If you’re passionate about art, you’ll love it – and if you didn’t think you were remotely interested in it, you will be by the end of it

Pool

An altogether painterly book, full of vividly evocative scenes

Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday

A lovely, poignant, evocative novel. Delicious

Saga Magazine

The raw power of colour is emphasised again and again

Cath Sell, Nudge

This is a creative mix of fact, and fiction and readers should find themselves swept up in this intriguing story. Art lovers will adore it and those that know nothing about art will wish they knew more.

Jennifer McShane, Image

Lusciously atmospheric, nuanced and wonderfully readable

Jini Ready, Resurgence & Ecologist

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784702175

    June 15, 2017

    Vintage

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9781784740580

    April 15, 2016

    Chatto & Windus

    336 pages

    RRP $27.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473523685

    April 7, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    336 pages

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