Saturday, 25 June 2011

Stone statues


I hadn’t told Dom about the incident on the path. I didn’t want him questioning my rationality. Privately though, I’d been thinking a lot about the objects we’d chosen to surround ourselves with: the chipped plates and bowls; the second hand mirrors and scratched paintings; the crazed broken statues. The way they spoke of a history that didn’t belong to us, even in their inanimate state; the way they blurred the distinction between the living and the dead.
                                                    
                                                       From The Lantern

At Les Genévriers, the imaginary version of our property, the garden is enhanced by old stone statues, lichen-encrusted and decrepit. No such artefacts are there in real life – such is the fun of literary invention! But, as always, the life of the novel is inspired by reality, and here are two of the figures that provided the images for those scenes: Ceres and the Water-Carrier.


Actually, I’m not going to tell you exactly where they are. But if you watch The TV Book Club, starting tomorrow on More 4 at 7.30pm (repeated on Saturday, July 2 at 1.20pm on Channel 4) I’m pretty sure that they will be in shot…

9 comments:

KalpanaS said...

Thanks Deborah - nothing like a touch of mystery to get the readers going! Thanks for the reminder and will definitely watch the programme. Sounds like a book to consider in our own local book club!

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

I love the excerpt! Best of luck with the the TV programme! :)

Lauracea (Sue R) said...

You tease! Spare a thought for those of us who can't get UK TV channels :(

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Deborah,
Enjoying your book excerpts, and best of luck on the TV program.
Good weekend,
Mimi

Tiny Library said...

I don't get More4 (I'm possibly the only person under 60 in the country without a freeview box), but I'll definitely watch the show on 4oD :)

Richard said...

J'aime beaucoup tes statues. Ca fait chic et propriété ancienne. C'est de très bon goût!

Airelle said...

congrats, I hope the book sells well, as it deserves to.
biz

joanny said...

I love the photo's and the excerpt. Good luck on the up-coming show. Nice to know the book will be available in the US in August.

Joanny

vicki archer said...

Hello Deborah,

I am in London and went to Daunts bookshop in Chelsea last night and was thrilled to see your new book in pride of place...Congratulations...The cover looks wonderful and I can't wait to read it. xv

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