This is a book which gives you hope for the future of literature in England - an original, brilliantly written and very passionate piece of writing from an author we'll surely hear a lot about in the future. Charles Monk is the war artist of the title, a larger than life figure whose loves are as unconstrained and uninhibited as his life, but whose life is empty since the death of the woman he loved. Retired to London he has the demons of his past still to face and, true to life, redemption comes in the most obscure way. This isn't a book for everyone. At times it's elitist in tone and you need to have lived a bit to appreciate its emotional power. But for anyone with an interest in serious, ideas-led literary fiction The War Artist is a must-read. Highly recommended.