Our next Words & Pictures book club discussion is on
Friday 26th May, 2pm (for an hour or so)
at the Community Cafe (the old Havens, Hamlet Court Road)
when we’ll be discussing Sophie Haydock’s brilliant new book “The Flames”
Vienna, 1912. Behind every painting, there is a story… A new century is dawning. Vienna is at its zenith, an opulent, extravagant city teeming with art, music and radical ideas. It is a place where anything seems possible… Edith and Adele are sisters, the daughters of a wealthy bourgeois family. They are expected to follow the rules, to marry well, and produce children. Gertrude is in thrall to her flamboyant older brother. Marked by a traumatic childhood, she envies the freedom he so readily commands. Vally was born into poverty but is making her way in the world as a model for the eminent artist Gustav Klimt. Fierce, passionate and determined, none of these women is quite what they seem. But their lives are set on a collision course when they become entangled with the controversial young artist Egon Schiele whose work – and private life – are sending shockwaves through Viennese society. All it will take is a single act of betrayal to set their world on fire… [Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd]
These Words & Pictures meetings are very relaxed informal discussions – often ranging far and wide! – over coffee and cake.