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The Woman in the Picture
James Wilson
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The Woman in the Picture

2.87  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This is it. Too late to change my mind. The engine's flexing its muscles, giving a horsy snort. Even if I ran, I couldn't make it back now . . .

Opening with a desperate pilgrimage to the dying Weimar Republic in 1927, The Woman in the Picture tells the story of English film-maker Henry Whitaker during the inter-war years. On his return to Britain, Henry begins his career -
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 6th 2006 by Faber & Faber (first published January 2006)
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Mar 31, 2013 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book, I liked it immediately. A romantic mystery, set in the inter-war years....what's not to like? Then, I must say, that I found myself a little lost.....and I never quite found myself again. There are a lot of characters in this book, and even after finishing it, I still couldn't figure out how or where half of the characters came from. Somewhere around the middle of the book, they just didn't hold my attention long enough to concentrate. I think the problem lies ...more
May 18, 2012 Graceann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British film buffs
I started this book with some trepidation, based on the poor reviews it received from my fellow GoodReaders, but it turns out that I needn't of worried. The Woman in the Picture was exactly my kind of book, and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.

Henry Whitaker is an aspiring filmmaker. Something happened when he was a child that has colored the rest of his life's experiences, for good or ill. A second thread in the story, interspersed with his own, is that of his daughter, Miran
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Jul 08, 2013 Nick Thomas rated it it was amazing
I'd read James Wilson's two earlier books, set in the 18th and 19th centuries - and imagined him to be a writer whose natural bent was for turnpikes and gaslamps. But this book could not be more 20th century in its themes, its characters and its style. It paints a wide-eyed, innocent picture of the British film industry between the Wars. The way that the narrative suggests the darker side of this world, and presents the growing poverty & desperation that surrounds it, is masterly. But what ...more
Jun 24, 2009 Maggieg rated it did not like it
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I'm afraid I found this book extremely tedious and irritating. there were several strands to the plot which were never brought together and a host of minor characters who seemed to add nothing to the story. I kept thinking that all will be revealed at the end but I was just left with a lot of unanswered questions. Maybe I missed the point. I also think the narration didn't help as I found it very flat and monotone.
May 07, 2013 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this very striking novel, James Wilson explores the boundaries between fiction and fact, feature and documentary. In doing so, he questions every aspect of our perception, both in terms of history and of the novel itself. Set in the inter-war period, the story concerns the career of Henry Whitaker in the largely unexamined world of the British film industry. Even as we think we have the measure of the book, it tricks us! Wilson is a very good writer.
May 28, 2012 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm finished as in, I'm finished with bothering with this book. I read 50 pages and just could not get into it. I can't say I don't recommend this as it is all down to taste but definately not for me. It did not seem well written or of any interest, in my opinion.
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Sep 30, 2015 Drew Cross-Johnston rated it liked it
The story is quite slow yet somehow drags you in, especially towards the end when all the pieces of the two timelines start coming together.
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I really couldn't get on with this book. It seemed disjointed and slow. I gave up in the end.
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JAMES WILSON was born and brought up near Cambridge, and studied History at Oxford University. He now divides his time between London and France.

In 1975 James received a Ford Foundation grant to research and write The Original Americans: US Indians, for the Minority Rights in London. Over the next twenty-five years he travelled widely in the US and Canada, working on – among other projects – a num
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