‘Alison’ tells the story of a young woman born into a quiet life in Dorset at the end of the 1950s, who escapes in her twenties to the thrumming art scene of London at the end of the 1970s. But the vehicle for her escape is an older man whose reputation as an artist and philanderer casts a shadow which will follow Alison for years. A complex love and coming of age story, it is also a meditation on female friendship and empowerment, on art, patriarchy and class. With her combina- tion of immaculate prose and stunning artwork, Lizzy Stewart immerses the reader in the precise milieu of bohemian London in the late 20th century, while at the same time conjuring a story that has resonance for all women’s lives.

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‘Subtle and deliciously complicated, this is a big book on big subjects, but lightly, elegantly done. I loved it’ Tessa HadleyAlison is newly married, barely twenty and struggling to find her place in the world.A chance encounter with an older artist upturns her life and she forsakes convention and her working-class Dorset roots for the thrumming art scene of London in the late seventies.As the thrill of bohemian romance leads inevitably to disappointment, Alison begins to find her own path – through art, friendship and love.’This book is a testament to the right to choose your own life’ Jessica Andrews

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Weight 600 g
Dimensions 22.4 × 15.3 × 3 cm










|Graphic ed


741.5 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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