Author(s): Katie Ward
An orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena, and an artist's servant girl in seventeenth-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. A woman reading in a Shoreditch bar catches the eye of a young ma
First look chapter extracting, book giveaways, author video activity, and bespoke Girl Reading promotions capitalising on the book's era spanning themes of artists and their muses and recruiting reading girls of our own - utilising key bloggers, the Viragobooks.net website and the Virago Facebook Fanpage and Twitter feed Tailored mailings targeting high street retailer regional managers and independent booksellers to spread the word and the build the enthusiasm from the roots up, ensuring strong in-store presence on publication Reading group guides and guided group discussions via the Virago Book Club's popular web forum and eNewsletter (8k subscribers) and Reading Groups.org to excite and mobilise readers across the country Author blog: http://www.katieward.co.uk/
A real wow of a first novel. The premise is alarmingly simple and yet somehow stunning: seven portraits, seven artists, seven girls and women reading ... A wonderful, imaginative evocation of seven different worlds ... It's very rare for a novel to have a real freshness and originality but at the same time to evoke echoes of other literary memories. This feels incredibly clever. It's a book packed full of adventures and stories and you completely lose yourself in them ... This book's great strength: the perfect, separate, involving worlds it creates. Like Mitchell, Ward is equally adept at shifting between completely different registers and voices ... It [has] real beating heart ... It will be fascinating to see what she writes next Viv Groskop, The Times A debut of rare individuality and distinction. Katie Ward inhabits each of her seven eras with a fluent and intuitive touch, and sentence by sentence, deft and mercurial, she surpasses the reader s' expectations. What is set down on the page has a rich an Hilary Mantel
Katie Ward was born in Somerset in 1979. She has worked in the public and voluntary sectors, including at a women's refuge and for a Member of Parliament. Katie lives in Suffolk with her husband and cat.