Reviews

  • This book has the pace of a detective novel, sending fresh blood pulsing through an old tale as Murphy recreates the heartbreaking drama of Van Gogh’s loosening grip on reality.

    Daily Mail
  • Murphy’s revelations are fascinating and add intriguing details to the great crisis of Van Gogh’s life.

    Michael Prodger, The Times
  • Murphy’s book rescues the real Van Gogh from the lazy clichés of tea towel memorabilia by painting an electric, nuanced portrait of a man who achieved artistic brilliance despite his mental health issues and not because of them. In doing so, she allows for a version of his history in which her subject’s passion for life, art and humanity blooms like the sunflowers he painted.

    Daily Mail
  • She knows Provence with an intimacy that’s rare in the ear genre. Her descriptions of the people, their landscape, their customs are unusually detailed… Her second stand-out quality is a doggedness that goes beyond the usual art-historical drives. Relentlessly she wrestles with the book’s central mystery.

    Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times
  • No one before has built up such a detailed picture of the people who surrounded the great artist.

    Martin Gayford, Daily Telegraph

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