Art in books

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Friday, January 8, 2016
Novels set in the art world tend to be popular with readers:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham
All these works allow us to look at the artist or the obsessions they elicit.
At Hookline, we have our own art in a novel. The China Bird by Bryony Doran concerns an art student and her quest to draw a stranger who suffers from scoliosis. While others shy away from this lonely, and physically twisted character, the artist views him as an aged olive tree, bent and flowing. Scoliosis curves the spine forward and sideways. Bryony says she was inspired by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele, whose twisted figures were considered by many to be grotesque. 

You can read the early chapters of The China Bird here.
And it's our 99p ebook of the week.


Tags: art "egon schiele" "tracy chevalier" "donna tart" "somerset maugham" "bryony doran" "china bird" 
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