Released on 24 April 2014.

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Life Drawing

3.67 based on 706 ratings & 124 reviews on Goodreads.com

2015 Long-listed

The Folio Prize

Synopsis

Augusta and Owen have taken the leap. Leaving the city and its troubling memories behind, they have moved to the country for a solitary life where they can devote their days to each other and their art, where Gus can paint and Owen can write.

But the facts of a past betrayal prove harder to escape than urban life. Ancient jealousies and resentments haunt their marriage and their rural paradise.

When Alison Hemmings moves into the empty house next door, Gus is drawn out of isolation, despite her own qualms and Owen's suspicions. As the new relationship deepens, the lives of the two households grow more and more tightly intertwined. It will take only one new arrival to intensify emotions to breaking point.

Fierce, honest and astonishingly gripping, Life Drawing by Robin Black is a novel as beautiful and unsparing as the human heart.

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Black's characters are three-dimensional, and her depiction of their relationships, particularly between the two women, is masterly. An astute inquiry into relationships and betrayal, this novel is nerve-wracking yet irresistibly readable.
Publishers Weekly
Black brings a wealth of insight to this fine-tuned and exactly observed debut about a marriage in crisis . . . With such well-rounded characters and a highwire level of suspense, the novel builds to a devastating resolution.
Daily Mail
Life Drawing is the best thing I've read in ages. It's about a female artist who inadvertently sets a tragedy in motion. It has everything to do with female creativity, desire, the Möbius strip of art and life, occulted violence, literal and figurative ghosts - it's awesome.
Elle