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"Sheer joy." (Graham Norton, author of Home Stretch)

"A bear-hug of a book." (Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson’s Beetle)

"Utterly beautiful...filled with hope." (Joanna Cannon)

"Four course nourishment for all Winman fans." (Patrick Gale) 

"Extraordinary...my book of the year." (Liz Nugent)

"The kind of story that bolsters the heart and soul." (Donal Ryan)

"A bear-hug of a book." (Rachel Joyce)

あらすじ・解説

The instant Sunday Times best seller

A BBC Between Two Covers Book Club Pick

A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime

Winner of the InWords Literary Award

From the author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster. 

1944, in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening.

Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the wreckage and relive memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view.

Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses’ mind that will shape the trajectory of his life - and of those who love him - for the next four decades.

Winner of Dymocks 2021 Book of the Year!

Moving from the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful novel about beauty, love, family and fate.

Sunday Times best seller 09/06/2021

©2021 Sarah Winman (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • V. O'Regan
  • 2021/06/04

A gentle story of love and Florence

A lovely story about love and the beauty of Florence and its ability to stir the passions. A touch of A Room With A View woven in

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Helen SJ
  • 2021/06/15

A Beautifully intoxicating novel.

This is the third time I have read this novel. It is a fabulous book with wonderful characters.
If you love life, art and culture this is the book for you.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Patsy Barrow
  • 2021/06/18

Enchanting book

I loved the book . Utter joy,.Florence, beauty, wine, love and friendship. All that matters

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Earnest
  • 2021/06/24

Gentle and accomplished memory-telling

Although there may not be the flourishes one might expect from a classic or a great drama, this finely wrought tale envelops the listener into such an engrossing tale. Of course Florence is one of the main characters but all of the people and the parrot will be hard to forget. May I be so bold as to say that this author surpasses the humanity and insight that Forster himself brought to his work. His work is splendid often enough but unlike this novel, too often the people themselves are scarified by his criticism and ‘wit.’ This is a far kinder, well rounded and humane treatment of a troupe of human beings on their way through life. I was very sorry to see them go when the novel finished.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellen
  • 2021/06/15

Simply awesome

This is a stunner of a book, Everything about it is beautiful. A cast of very different characters who come together to form a family built on love, respect and trust. Books this special are few and far between, a true masterpiece.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Doreen Barnett
  • 2021/06/17

Deliciously evocative

Perfectly imperfect characters that make you laugh and cry. A richly told story that makes me want to immediately fly to Florence and see it again, but through the eyes of these much loved characters. I will miss them!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • keziah
  • 2021/06/15

Sarah Winnman feeds my soul

A beautifully written story of time and life and love. Rich descriptions of Florence makes you feel like you are there, feeling the warm sun on your skin. Like all her novels the characters become like old friends and you don’t want the story to end because you know you will miss them. I love the way Winnman writes her words make my heart grow a little bigger.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Singleton
  • 2021/06/15

Delightful

Fascinating story superbly told, unexpected twists and turns hold your attention from beginning to end.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amy Leonard
  • 2021/06/15

Beautiful, fun, meaningful….

I have loved this book! And Sarah reading it herself is a real treat! So often author’s reading their own work doesn’t quite work, but this was perfectly performed - accents, character, emotions… spot on! Made it so much more enjoyable. I fell in love with characters and Italy and will definitely revisit this book in the future!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • NicJ
  • 2021/11/22

Exceptional

Still Life by Sarah Winman is exceptional.

Ulysses encounters Evelyn in Florence in the last days of his WWII. Evelyn is an art restorer, poet and so enigmatic she may well be a spy. Opening his eyes to another world Ulysses never fully settles when he returns to the East End and his colourful ensemble of family and friends.

When the opportunity presents itself to return to Italy, so begins the next stage of his life as Ulysses, Alys, Cressie and Claude embark on a journey across a continent and transpose a world.

The characters are utterly fantastic and their dialogue is razor sharp and often both touching and hilarious. I loved Cressie and Claude is a lovely touch. Perhaps a little too long (I’m not sure we needed the final reminiscing back to EM Forster) but a highly recommended 4.5*

I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by the author. Probably the best narration I have ever listened to.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021/07/19

Meraviglioso! - simply wonderful!

Italy, art, fabulous well-rounded characters that I will continue to think of fondly. Read this, you will fall in love too. beautiful writing and narration, thank you Sarah.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sunny
  • 2021/07/26

Wonderful

A beautiful reading of an amazing book
I shall remember these characters for a long time especially Ulysses
I fell a little in love with the kind, gentle, wise and loyal Ulysses and shed a few tears as I became engrossed in the lives of those on these pages
Highly recommend!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris
  • 2021/07/24

Captivating

A thoroughly enjoyable book . A little slow to get into but addictive and captivating. Great characters and you could almost be in Florence with them . Sarah Winman is a gifted writer and narrator.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cat Brown
  • 2021/07/15

Achingly beautiful

From the first chapter I did not want this book to ever end. It is full of life, yearning, poetry, love, humour and history. I fell into the lives of the characters and walked the streets with them. It leaves you feeling loved and sad too yet so
Whoever fulfilled

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • FIONA S.
  • 2021/07/13

Sublime

Having just finished this audiobook I am bereft. I miss all the characters and am suddenly desperate to go back to Florence.
Narration was exceptional.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrea Toohey
  • 2021/07/11

Bravo. An epic telling.

Creasy’s a character I will miss terribly.
Clever character development. No a thread left unturned.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • barbara gorman
  • 2021/11/28

A sweet, beautiful story

Beautifully written, absolutely squeaking with intelligence. A teensy bit pretentious for my taste but it saunters along nicely.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anita M Hinde
  • 2021/11/22

History, Art, Love and Whimsy

A sensational read performed by the author of a story that had head and heart at its core. Renaissance art, English vs Italian mores, love in so many different guises. I recommend the journey.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Meegan
  • 2021/11/05

Magic

I fell in love with this book. I wanted to climb inside and be right there beside these people. Florence held a special little place in my heart even before this book and it made me want to return even more. Many a laugh out loud moment with equal heartbreak and tragedy. I miss this book like an old friend. Bravo Sarah Winman.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • fonky
  • 2021/10/20

one of the best books I've ever read

this is such a beautiful story. one of the best books I have ever read.