Still Life

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By the bestselling, prize-winning author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a beautiful, big-hearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood… and the ghost of E.M. Forster.

We just need to know what the heart’s capable of, Evelyn.
And do you know what it’s capable of?
I do. Grace and fury.


It’s 1944 and in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance and bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening together.

Ulysses Temper is a young British solider and one-time globe-maker, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and relive her memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view.

These two unlikely people find kindred spirits in each other and Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for the next four decades.

Moving from the Tuscan Hills, to the smog of the East End and the piazzas of Florence, Still Life is a sweeping, mischievous, richly-peopled novel about beauty, love, family and fate.

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  • Ceecee

    4.5 rounded upThis is a wonderful character driven story of kindred spirits which takes us on an emotional journey from Florence to the East End of London. In 1944 Evelyn Skinner and Margaret Somebody...

  • Andrea

    Simply magnificent! This book is almost certain to be my best read of 2021 and is a rare addition to my favourites shelf. It is a love letter to Italy, to Florence in particular, to art and to E.M. Fo...

  • Carolyn

    This wonderful, rich and multilayered novel deserves every one of the great reviews it has been receiving. It sweeps us from war torn Tuscany to a pub in the East End of London and on to the magic and...

  • Polly

    Having absolutely loved Tin Man, I was really looking forward to this new one by Sarah Winman. And... I wish I'd loved it more. Once again, it's beautifully character-driven with a simple yet emotive ...

  • Bianca

    4.5Oh, my heart is full. Still Life is a sprawling novel that begins in 1944 in Italy and goes on for decades.This novel had so many things I love - first, some wonderfully memorable characters: Ulys...

  • Eric Anderson

    I find something very moving about stories of inter-generational friendships. Novels such as “Autumn” by Ali Smith and “The Offing” by Benjamin Myers describe profound connections between indi...

  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    My thanks to NetGalley and Fourth Estate for a review copy of this one.Still Life is a heart-warming novel about art, Italy, and really, about life and its many colours. The book opens towards the end...

  • Janelle

    This is a long sprawling novel set in the decades postwar with a bunch of engaging and interesting characters. The wonderfully named Ulysses Temper, a soldier and elderly Evelyn Skinner are the two ma...

  • Sahil Javed

    i haven't even read this book yet and i already know it's going to make me cry...

  • Marianne

    Still Life is the fourth novel by best-selling award-winning British actress and author, Sarah Winman. In 1944, twenty-four-year-old Private Ulysses Temper meets sixty-four-year-old art historian, Eve...