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'Mrs Whistler' was published in hardback by the Borough Press on 3rd May 2018.


Chelsea, 1876: Jimmy Whistler stands on the cusp of fame, ready to astound the London art world with his radical paintings. At his side is Maud Franklin, his muse, lover and occasional pupil, sharing his house, his dazzling social life and his grand hopes for the future.

But Jimmy's rebelliousness comes at a heavy price for them both as he battles a furious patron, challenges an influential and viciously hostile critic and struggles with a dire lack of cash. Before long a fight for survival is being waged through the galleries, the drawing rooms and even the courts - and Maud, Jimmy's Madame and closest ally, is expected to do her part.

The Madame has problems of her own, however. Maud has fallen pregnant, and must now face the reality of what life with Jimmy entails. As the situation starts to unravel, as loyalties are sorely tested and bankruptcy looms, she has to decide what she wants. Who she is. What she is prepared to endure.

Stunning and suspenseful, this is a story of one woman's progress through a world of beauty and sacrifice, art and ambition; a story which asks what we will withstand for love, and what it means to reach for greatness.


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