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The Woman in the Picture Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014
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The author of The Crimson Rooms returns with this sequel, a Mitford-style 1920s thriller. (RED MAGAZINE)
No matter the era, professional women always struggle to balance that old chestnut - love versus a career. If you think you've got it bad now, just imagine living in the 1920s and being one of the first women to qualify as a solicitor... (GRAZIA)
I'm hooked by Evelyn and those around her and I love the sense of the period. Katharine McMahon is a great storyteller. (NIAMH CUSACK)
You'll immediately fall for Evelyn, the lead girl in The Woman in the Picture... (COMPANY MAGAZINE)
Evelyn is a brave, intelligent character, especially given the sexism of the times, and you will find yourself rooting for her and the people she defends. (WOMAN MAGAZINE)
This novel's skilfully crafted atmosphere draws the reader in from the first page, and the protagonist's compassion for the people she defends is impressive. The cases she becomes embroiled in are interesting, but the love story is the most gripping part. McMahon is a talented writer whose twists will keep you turning pages. It can be easy to forget that not so long ago, women were still fighting to be taken granted in the workplace 0 this book reminds us it was not in vain. (THE LADY)
The roaring 20s are brought fizzingly to life in Katharine McMahon's The Woman in the Picture. This elegant story about a feisty young woman torn between head and heart is absorbing and atmospheric. (GOODHOUSEKEEPING)
This great, heart-stopping page-turned is the sequel to the wonderful The Crimson Rooms.. ....private and professional struggles play themselves out against the canvas of a wider social conflict, the 1926 General Strike; and the novel fairly steams with boiled-wool period atmosphere. McMahon is the mistress of telling contrasts, and of charged, passionate and beautifully crafted prose. (Wendy Holden DAILY MAIL)
McMahon juggles her many plotlines with such skill...A richly entertaining yarn. (READERS DIGEST)
The roaring 20s are brought fizzingly to life in Katharine McMahon's The Woman in the Picture. This elegant story about a feisty young woman torn between head and heart is absorbing and atmospheric. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)
The page-turning sequel to THE CRIMSON ROOMS by the author of bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club pick, THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL.See all Product description
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The writing is quite excellent - Evelyn is a very likeable character and narrator, and the whole approach to telling the story works well. This was a book I looked forward to picking up - while Evelyn was fascinating in herself, the backdrop was equally so. This is a period, between the wars, that I'm not at all familiar with, but the author brings it to life perfectly through the small detail, and through all levels of society. The love story was convincingly real too - with a real tension between duty and convention and love and passion that had me desperately hoping that, just this once, Evelyn would follow her heart rather than her head.
I do rather wish I'd read The Crimson Rooms - I'd like to have lived through Evelyn's earlier relationship with Nicholas Thorne and understood its background, as well as knowing the full story around Meredith and young Edmund. But the book does work quite perfectly as a stand alone - an excellent story, a real sense of place and history, and a charismatic heroine. I do hope Katharine McMahon returns to Evelyn's story - I'd love to see a sequel, even a series. And, I have to say, those who commission TV drama series really should be looking at this one - it would be quite perfect for Sunday nights.
Set against the backdrop of the General Strike of 1926, when trade unions called a strike in support of coal miners who had been 'locked out' after refusing to accept lower wages and longer working hours, Katharine McMahon's atmospheric story makes for an interesting and involving read. The author has researched her period of history well and has provided her readers with an evocative recreation of London in the 1920s, and her main protagonist is an arresting character whose first-person narrated account draws the reader into her story from the very first pages. It is true that not all of the characters are as well-depicted as Evelyn and I would have very much liked to have read a lot more about the artist, Meredith, and her back history, but I understand that this novel is a sequel to: The Crimson Rooms (which I have not yet read) so Meredith's story is likely to have been covered in more depth in the previous novel. Although this book is a sequel, and I feel it is most probably beneficial to have read 'The Crimson Rooms' before this, Katharine McMahon has thoughtfully included brief details in the narrative about what has gone before, so it is possible to enjoy this novel without having read 'The Crimson Rooms'. I found 'The Woman in the Picture' a very readable story and one I would recommend for an entertaining weekend or downtime read and for those times when you want something undemanding and enjoyable without being too lightweight. I wonder if the author is planning a third Evelyn Gifford novel - if she is, I shall be interested in taking a look at it.
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The Crimson Rooms, I hope there's another after this one,I would certainly buy it.