the painter's friend
The new novel from the acclaimed author of Fathers and Sons.
Forthcoming from Picador, 08/07/21
Advance Praise for 'The Painter's Friend'
'I loved it. Cunnell's writing has an unforgettable visual and moral clarity.'
‘Loving in its exploration of creative survival and loss of human habitat. Every fleck and dab of verbal pigment rewards the eye and enriches the design.’
'His finest and most important work to date.'
'Cunnell's prose is elegantly punchy in his novel about a working class artist . . . The valour of his fight is revealed in a story of what can happen when truth is considered idealism and collides with the predatory designs of a property developer. A fine book.'
John Healy, author of The Grass Arena
'Brilliantly plotted and the final act knocked me sideways. Huge themes told through the personal stories of very real people. It was a delight and revelation to read.'
'A novel of muscular, dark prose with more than a little compassion for damaged lives. I loved it.'