Astonishing Splashes of Colour (Hardcover)

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Booker finalist Astonishing Splashes of Colour takes its title from J. M. Barrie's description of Peter Pan's Neverland. It follows the life of Kitty, a woman who, in a sense, has never grown up. She lives an improvised life reviewing children's books, visiting her husband who lives in the apartment next door, and fostering a growing obsession to replace her lost child.

Kitty's strong, appealing personality drives this novel, as she relates her story in a jumbled state of consciousness. Her moods swing dramatically from high to low and are illuminated by an unusual ability to interpret people and emotions through colour. Kitty struggles to uncover the secrets of her childhood from her father and brothers, but their revelations threaten to overwhelm her tenuous hold on reality, leaving the reader feeling both sympathetic and horrified with her impetuous journey into madness. Skillful, unsentimental, fresh, and original, this is a sparkling debut by a writer of exceptional talent.

Praise For…

“Astonishing Splashes of Color commands us from the first page...”
-Jacquelyn Mitchard

“This finely constructed novel, Booker Prize (shortlist), should please readers of both popular and literary fiction.”
-Library Journal

“Absorbing and sure-footed first novel...extremely well written and cimpulsively readable...a genuinely solid and satisfying work of fiction.”
-Sunday Times (London)

“A core of truth, suffused with a golden glow, becoming more pleasurable the more [it] wander[s].”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Beautifully subtle. . . . It draws the reader in page after page.”
-Boston Globe

“An inprobably uplifting novel about depression and its sources.”
-Independent (UK)

“Wellington, a memorable heroine, narrates “Astonishing Splashes of Color,” a terrific debut novel by British writer Clare Morrall.”
-Buffalo News

“...propulsive and compelling...a gripping [story].”
-New York Times Book Review

“Astonishing Splashes of Colours is a brave and startling book, tinted, shaded and stained like life itself.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

“Equally dangerous and endearing, ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR is a poignant tour through the many moods of loss.”
-Laurie Fox, author of The Lost Girls

“This finely constructed novel, Booker Prize (shortlist), should please readers of both popular and literary fiction.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

“A heart-breaking and accomplished debut.”
-Bookseller (London)

“A moving novel about loss, and particularly lost children”
-The Guardian (UK)

“An extraordinary, gripping novel written with no sentimentality. A wonderful piece of writing”
-Professor John Carey, Chair of the Man Booker Prize

“An extremely good first novel: deceptively simple, subtly observed, with a plot that drags you forward like a strong current.”
-Daily Mail (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060734459
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 1st, 2004
Pages: 336