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The Restorer

The Restorer [Kindle Edition]

Daniela Murphy
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In the dying days of the 20th Century, Elfa, a restorer in Florence, is sent on a lonely assignment into the frozen hills of the Mugello. In a long-neglected church, she is to restore a 15th Century fresco by the Renaissance master, Francesco di San Lorenzo. Working alone with only the kindly local priest and his suspicious housekeeper for company, she begins to clean the painting. It is not long before she discovers the church's secret: there is another, altogether different masterpiece, hidden beneath it.

The find is unprecedented - why was this work, which rewrites art history, covered almost immediately it was finished, over 500 years before? As she carefully removes the flaking paint, going against her supervisors' orders, and the winter closes about them, Elfa discovers something even more shocking: the original fresco contains images from her own past - and a brutal incident in particular she had thought long since consigned to obscurity. Now, it is revealed before her, and the dead painter will return once more to tell his story to the only woman who can hear it.

The Restorer won the 2012 Rubery Book Award for fiction. The prize was established to profile the very best writing from independent publishers. The panel said: “The story was measured, detailed and well paced... There was some beautiful writing in this novel and lovingly careful presentation”

(Publisher's note: this is the new 2013 Kindle version with earlier errors corrected. A few, limited first edition cloth-bound hardbacks are still available - see publisher's site for details)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Guerilla Books; 1 edition (22 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WVIC2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #464,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Restorer 13 Sep 2013
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Not only was this an excellent story line but learnt about how the restorer goes about their work....I did think that that part would have been a little boring or drawn out but to my utter delight it was fascinating. Recommended Read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! 25 April 2013
By ddbelle
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I love books that swap between old and modern timelines which this story does so well. I found it fascinating, learning about how the frescos were produced originally and how they are being restored in the present day. The story flows between the two different periods very well and the characters are well drawn. I thoroughly enjoyed it and warmly recommend it to other readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor ending spoils otherwise good book 15 April 2013
By Alan
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Ms Murphy clearly put a great deal of work into this story. I enjoyed learning about the painting of fresco art and the silk worm cultivation in particular. It was very well written and generally an enjoyable read. Unfortunately the ending was absurd. That ruined it for me. All the way through I was waiting for an ingenious explanation in the final twist. It does not come it appears the author runs out of an idea how to end it in a manner suitable for adults.
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