Still Life

Still Life

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Tuscany, 1944: As Allied troops advance and bombs fall around deserted villages, a young English soldier, Ulysses Temper, finds himself in the wine cellar of a deserted villa. There, he has a chance encounter with Evelyn Skinner, a middle-aged art historian who has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and recall long-forgotten memories of her own youth. In each other, Ulysses and Evelyn find a kindred spirit amongst the rubble of war-torn Italy, and set off on a course of events that will shape Ulysses's life for the next four decades.

As Ulysses returns home to London, reimmersing himself in his crew at The Stoat and Parrot -- a motley mix of pub crawlers and eccentrics -- he carries his time in Italy with him. And when an unexpected inheritance brings him back to where it all began, Ulysses knows better than to tempt fate, and returns to the Tuscan hills.

With beautiful prose, extraordinary tenderness, and bursts of humor and light, Still Life is a sweeping portrait of unforgettable individuals who come together to make a family, and a richly drawn celebration of beauty and love in all its forms.

Title:Still Life
ISBN:9780593330753
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    Still Life Reviews

  • Angela M

    One of the joys of reading for me is finding a story like this one. It’s one that is so full of life, of characters whose lives are bound to each other in such a beautiful way with such a depth of l...

  • jessica

    this book is exactly like a still life painting - everyone is going to get something different out of it. for some, it may not resonate. but for others, it may be the story that speaks to them. for me...

  • Paromjit

    A wonderfully joyful piece of historical fiction with oodles of heart, set in London's East End and the beautiful city of Florence. Sorry about the short review but my laptop has given up the ghost…...

  • Ceecee

    4.5 rounded upThis is a wonderful character driven story of kindred spirits which takes us on an emotional journey from Florence to the East End of London. In 1944 Evelyn Skinner and Margaret Somebody...

  • Jen

    Such a charming journey. Ulysses, a Brit, in Italy during the war saves a man from suicide. One good turn leads to another and 9 years later, Ulysses is bequeathed the property of the man after he pas...

  • Jasmine

    Still Life by Sarah Winman is a love letter to Florence, Italy. An easy five stars.In Tuscany, during World War II, Evelyn Skinner, a 64-year-old art historian, meets Ulysses Temper, a young British s...

  • Libby

    If listening to the evening news has ever left you feeling as though you were on an edifice that was starting to crumble into the great abyss…, and made you hungry to remember again the sacred beaut...

  • Barbara

    “Still Life” by Sarah Winman is one of my 2021 favorites. She is one gifted storyteller. My grateful and “full” reading experience is akin to when I finished Amor Towles’ “A Gentleman in M...

  • Elyse  Walters

    “Still Life”….is wonderful - historical novel. (very different from “Tin Man”…but equally differently terrific).“Two people pulling each other into Salvation is the only theme I find wor...

  • Carolyn

    This wonderful, rich and multilayered novel deserves every one of the great reviews it has been receiving. It sweeps us from war torn Tuscany to a pub in the East End of London and on to the magic and...