ALW: KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY by Margaret Forster

Article published on February 9, 2016.

This book presents snapshots of six female artists’ lives, as they come into possession of treasure, and lose an unsigned painting and it is another Forster masterpiece. Written as six connecting short stories there is no single heroine, yet each chapter connects to the last through characters, clothing and locations. Spanning from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, Forster brings a swathe of history and emotion to life.

My sole criticism is that, whilst the detail paints beautiful pictures of the different eras, the writing style requires extensive and continued effort. Nevertheless, it is a satisfying read. An excellent read for both individuals and book clubs, with many topics to discuss.

Freya Russell-Hobson

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