'Wandering through dreams and nightmares from Praslin Islands to Mauritius and finally to England, the author unfolds the troubled lives of her forbears, cursed by racial prejudice, sexual inhibition and recurrent mental illness. This first novel is a powerfully and cleverly written expurgation of personal feelings, drawing the reader into a landscape like that of a Dali painting' - Eileen Cowey, Scotland on Sunday
The Book of Colour is about childhood, about madness, about the fear of miscegenation - and about a pig. It establishes Julia Blackburn as one of the most original English writers since Chatwin. It was shortlisted for The Orange Prize 1996.
"Her narrative vibrates with symbolism and portent. Every event, every encounter, every object shimmers with talismanic power"
"As a book about the partiality of family history and the peculiar spells of memory, The Book of Colour could hardly be bettered"
"A brilliant fantasy of bizarre and magical imagination"