This is a holding website for the historical novelist and art historian Matthew Plampin. It features news of upcoming book releases, festival appearances, lectures and other events.


Mrs Whistler was published in paperback by the Borough Press on 2nd May 2019.

It was recently shortlisted for the 2019 HWA Gold Crown, and was chosen as a book of the summer by the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday.


Chelsea, 1876: Struggling artist Jimmy Whistler is at war with his patron. Denied full payment, he and muse Maud Franklin face ruin.

As Jimmy's enemies mount, he resolves to sue a famous critic for libel, in a last-ditch attempt to ward off the bailiffs. Although she has no position in society, Maud is expected to do her part. But Maud has a secret that forces her to choose between art and love.


Some reviews:


'A captivating tale ... this novel is a delight.' The Times


'Should rank with the best ... his work possesses depth and vitality ... vividly engaging ... a novel that conjures up the Victorian art world in rich colours.' Sunday Times


'A terrific novel ... it springs off the page, bristling with life. A vivid and absorbing portrait of bohemian London and the live affair between Whistler and his long-suffering but spirited muse.' Deborah Moggach


'A delightful book. The scenes spring to life as Plampin follows his characters with large-hearted sympathy and an acute ear for dialogue.' Literary Review