Summary

The mesmerising new novel from the acclaimed author of The Bellwether Revivals: a rich and immersive story of love, obsession, creativity and disintegration.
On a forested island off the coast of Istanbul stands Portmantle, a gated refuge for beleaguered artists. There, a curious assembly of painters, architects, writers and musicians strive to restore their faded talents. Elspeth 'Knell' Conroy is a celebrated painter who has lost faith in her ability and fled the dizzying art scene of 1960s London. On the island, she spends her nights locked in her blacked-out studio, testing a strange new pigment for her elusive masterpiece.
But when a disaffected teenager named Fullerton arrives at the refuge, he disrupts its established routines. He is plagued by a recurring nightmare that steers him into danger, and Knell is left to pick apart the chilling mystery. Where did the boy come from, what is 'The Ecliptic', and how does it relate to their abandoned lives in England?
©2015 Benjamin Wood (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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4 out of 5 stars
By fred2020 on 24-07-18

slow to start but stick with it becomes excellent

the beginning off putting but because it's audio you keep going and then you start to see the point. writing beautiful at times and pace picks up from halfway through speeding towards the end

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dave on 08-09-15

meh but yeah

the first three quarters had me hooked, the last bit......meh. would recommend though. probably a holiday listen

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