The Artist's Portrait

The Artist's Portrait

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Julie Keys
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: 2020
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia
  • Weight: 0.38 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MUD LITERARY PRIZE 2020 'An intriguing read with compelling descriptions of early 20th-century Sydney in all its squalor, debauchery and fascinating historical detail.' Who Weekly 'a brisk, original tale written with verve' Mud Literary Prize judging committee A story about art, murder, and making your place in history. Whatever it was that drew me to Muriel, it wasn't her charm. In 1992, morning sickness drives Jane to pre-dawn walks of her neighbourhood where she meets an unfriendly woman who sprays her with a hose as she passes by. When they do talk: Muriel Kemp eyes my pregnant belly and tells me if I really want to succeed, I'd get rid of the baby. Driven to find out more about her curmudgeonly neighbour, Jane Cooper begins to investigate the life of Muriel, who claims to be a famous artist from Sydney's bohemian 1920s. Contemporary critics argue that legend, rather than ability, has secured her position in history. They also claim that the real Muriel Kemp died in 1936. Murderer, narcissist, sexual deviant or artistic genius and a woman before her time: Who really is Muriel Kemp?