Friday, 5 December 2014

To tempt you (1) : GABRIEL MARCHANT: A PAINTER'S TALE

Am just enjoying in the creative process of revising, re-jacketing and re-issuing my recent Room to Write novels in the hope of tempting more of you to read them. The first of these is


Gabriel Marchant – A Painter’s Tale



Do you like my new cover?Find my novel on Amazon HERE Read Chapter Three HERE


As he tells the whole tale of how he became a painter Gabriel Marchant celebrates the liberating nature of art in hard-pressed lives and the role of people like Archie Todhunter those magical change-makers of lives like his own.

‘Wendy’s characters are wonderful … quirky and interesting people, utterly believable … A triumph.’ Northern Echo ‘ 

Amazon 5 Star (1) Review ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel.'  We see Gabriel develop as an artist from the early use of charred larch wood given to him by his grandmother and his blind copying of Rembrandt drawings to become an accomplished painter; Tegger learns to fashion his love of words into fine poetry.
 'Gabriel Marchant' is a rites of passage story sympathetically revealing life in the raw. Gabriel matures not only as an artist but discovers at Archie's Settlement 'the complication of women' through Rosel, art teacher and older woman, Marguerite model and Greta the gauche, clever schoolgirl who makes a pact with Gabriel to do 'the thing that men and women do.'
And always in the background is Archie, working to release the butterflies from thier chrysilis state, a gifted group of young people desperate to escape the web of ignorance that could condemn them to life in the dark as black as any mine.
A very good read. Highly Recommended.'

Amazon 5.0 out of 5 stars Review  (2)  A Must Read.

 'An exceptional evocation of the pit: it's darkness, its amazing colour (here is the big surprise), the earth and its ghosts and the men who worked there, especially Gabriel the man who would be painter - wonderful.'

The cover art is
my own drawing.

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