FINDING NEW VOICES
DEFINING NEW GENRES
‘A genuinely original, utterly enchanting story’ – A.N.Wilson
‘A slice of Suffolk history brought beautifully to life’ – Esther Freud
‘an atmospheric and enjoyable story of a singular and free-thinking woman’ – Deborah Moggach
Plucky and headstrong Mildred Holland revelled in the eight years she and her husband, the vicar William Holland, spent travelling 1840s Europe, finding inspiration in recording beautiful artistic treasures and collecting exotic artifacts. But William’s new posting in a tiny Suffolk village is a world apart and Mildred finds a life of tea and sympathy dull and stifling in comparison.
When a longed-for baby does not arrive, she sinks into despondency and despair. What options exist for a clever, creative woman in such a cosseted environment? A sudden chance encounter fires Mildred’s creative imagination and she embarks on a herculean task that demands courage and passion. Defying her loving but exasperated husband, and mistrustful locals who suspect her of supernatural powers, Mildred rediscovers her passion and lives again through her dreams of beauty…..
Inspired by the true story of the real Mildred Holland and the parish church of Huntingfield in Suffolk, “The Huntingfield Paintress” is unique, emotive and beautifully crafted, just like the history that inspired it.
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“I love the way Alcina shows how the key protagonists are altruistic and yet deeply flawed. It reminded me of the famous St Augustine quote, “Lord, let me be pure but not yet.” She does a marvellous job with this conundrum.” – Deirdre Quiery
Tiago’s had enough of corporate life. He’s going to be a saint.
Ruthless and rich, a seal-pup cute young Turk of the trading floor, he’s got killer plans to restore global economic justice that will get him a harp to set off his Tom Ford suit.
But lovesick Tiago can’t get started until he’s convinced urbane art dealer Raphael Davide they’d make a fantastic power couple.
Raphael’s a slave to beauty with his own designs on the undeserving rich – but his suave exterior belies a brittle heart. His bluestocking sister Clara and her husband Rob would lay down their lives to protect him. And Raphael’s reluctant ex, cracked rocket scientist Tomas Paul Gosele, may know enough about Tiago’s grubby past to blow everything sky high.
Our hero needs friends he can trust. Good job his new neighbour Amelia Postthridge seems a nice enough girl, as gene stackers go. But Amelia’s an apple-obsessed tadpole torturer who prefers trees to people – and she’ll chew up Tiago and spit out the pips to achieve her own plans.
Beauty, Love and Justice is Alcina Faraday’s compelling debut tale of love, ambition, honesty and deceit and is available NOW!
BOOK REVIEW – “BEAUTY, LOVE & JUSTICE” – ALCINA FARADAY
By Deirdre Quiery
Alcina Faraday is a scientist and business woman who, with her novel “Beauty, Love and Justice” invites the reader to sink into a world of paradox where culture and debauchery are sides of a single coin. The novel describes the complexity of the search innate within the human psyche to know what is beauty, to find true love and to act with justice to restore harmony in a world shaken, flawed and distorted by inequality.
These great themes are explored through the searching for love by the principal characters – Rafael, an artist and, Tiago a trader on the floor of the seedy world of business. As the world shakes from the aftershock of the global crisis of 2008, Alcina through her characters is visceral in her ability to convey the emptiness of a world which puts profit and self-centred gain ahead of our potential for beauty, love and justice. I particularly liked the scene when Tiago brings Rafael to his Office beside the trading floor and Alcina captures the depression of people caught in a world of making money and where in doing so, they have lost their souls. Small touches like the debris of an Office environment, the shabbiness where people spend most of their lives is a powerful in contrast against a world which is beautiful.
I love the way Alcina shows how the key protagonists are altruistic and yet deeply flawed. It reminded me of the famous St Augustine quote, “Lord, let me be pure but not yet.” She does a marvellous job with this conundrum. Tiago in particular is convincing in his high ideals for love and beauty yet his difficulty in extracting himself from a world of sensual desire and dissipation. The image which came to my mind was one of a fly being attracted to a sticky fly trap. Once its legs have landed on that roll of sticky paper – how difficult it is for it to be once again free.
I found Rafael’s anger realistic. Alcina through her characters and plot, raises awareness in the reader’s mind of how easily the best intentions for justice become derailed by self-righteousness and anger. There is ugliness in anger which is the opposite of what her characters aspire to in their pursuit of beauty. This is one of the key strengths in the novel – Alcina’s ability to enter into a world of paradox which I really enjoyed. The reader finds themselves asking “What is beauty?” Is it the beauty of body or mind? Rafael’s looks are fading. Tiago’s will also with time. Is there a beauty which goes beyond physical beauty and is eternal? What does it look like? What is love? How does it relate to sexual desire? How does human love differ from Divine love and desire?
Alcina finds a golden thread which spins Tiago, Rafael, Thomas Paul, Clara and Rob into a web of relationships which connect to what is most human in us and also to what is most Divine. I felt the call of the ancient Greeks asking us not to forget the depths of our human heritage our capacity for beauty, love and justice, bouncing off the greed and corruption of a trading floor.
Looking forward to the sequel!
Being Someone is a life story, a love story, a human story.
James has fallen through life, plotting a course of least resistance, taking each day as it comes and waiting for that indefinable ‘something’ to turn up, to give his story meaning. His journey lacks one vital element – a fellow traveller.
Then he meets Lainey. Confident. Beautiful. Captivating. And James rewrites himself to win her heart. Lainey gives James a reason to grow, paints a bright future, promises the happy ending he has sought so keenly. But when we discover we can live the greatest story of all, are we able to share the pages with someone else?
Being Someone is an emotive tale of love, of self-discovery and adventure – a story of the eternal search for happiness in another, without ultimately losing ourselves.
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The book was launched at an event at Clerkenwell Gallery, and was covered by Tatler in the Bystander section.Read More
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