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Christ Church Centre

Jane Anderson - The Paintress Book Launch

FREE Event This is a live, in-person event. Location: Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Road, EH10 4DD Join us to celebrate the launch for Jane Anderson's new historical novel, The Paintress - a story exploring the joys and traumas of love, ambition, and motherhood.

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Jane Anderson - The Paintress Book Launch
Jane Anderson - The Paintress Book Launch

Time & Location

15 Jul 2024, 19:00 – 20:30 BST

Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DD, UK

About The Event

FREE Event

This is a live, in-person event.

Location: Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Road, EH10 4DD

Join us to celebrate the launch for Edinburgh-based author Jane Anderson's new historical novel, The Paintress - a story spanning generations, following the life of forgotten artist Christina Robertson and her granddaughter Anna. The book explores the joys and traumas of love, ambition, and motherhood.

About the Book:

Anna grew up hearing stories from her grandmother of an ancestor artist's adventures in St. Petersburg. Now, in the Hermitage Museum, adult Anna stands in front of Christina Robertson’s gorgeous life-sized portraits of the Romanovs and she hopes the legend is true. Her research into the painter becomes a quest to honour her granny.

In 1823 Christina Robertson realises her artistic ambitions exhibiting portraits at the National Gallery. Her happiness is secured in marrying her teenage sweetheart James and having a baby girl. But Christina is harbouring a secret from him.

Anna buries herself in researching Christina Robertson, a distraction from the stress of not conceiving, which is causing growing problems in her marriage.

Christina must cope with the burden of being the breadwinner through yearly pregnancies and many bereavements.

Both Anna and Christina flee to St Petersburg after marriage crises. Can they find happiness there?

About the Author:

Jane Anderson writes historical fiction. We are pleased to host her second launch at Edinburgh Bookshop. Jane collaborates with us in running the Edinburgh Women's Fiction Festival and also founded and runs Edinburgh Writer's Forum.

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