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Night Street by Kristel Thornell
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Apr 03, 2011

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bookshelves: c21st, australia, historical-fiction
Read from April 03 to 08, 2011

The novel is a fictionalised life of the painter Clarice Beckett, who lived and worked in Beaumaris under the most extraordinarily difficult conditions. Having studied under Frederick McCubbin and Max Meldrum, she then found herself having to care for frail parents during daylight hours, and was only able to paint between dusk and dawn. She managed to pursue her art despite these difficulties but never found favour with the local art scene. Beckett died young, her work unrecognised and left to rot
in an outdoor shed. It was not until a retrospective of Australian Tonalists in the Art Gallery of South Australia, that her significance was finally recognised. (To see some of her paintings, click here).

From these brief facts about Beckett’s life, debut author Kristel Thornell has crafted a novel of surprising vitality.
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