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  • MAGNIFICENT. Feels destined to be a classic - exquisitely crafted and so absorbing. I loved it and REFUSE to accept it is a debut. It's simply too good.

    Katie Lowe, author of The Furies
  • As a feminist reworking of Schiele's story, and as an exercise in redressing historical injustice, this novel is a glorious success. Haydock ensures that these women emerge from behind Schiele's gaze, and she also uses them to illuminate a period of seismic change... an impressive and highly enjoyable debut.

  • Completely convincing and utterly compelling, THE FLAMES gives vivid voice to four muses who refuse to be remembered as just that. Haydock is a writer to watch.

    Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
  • Confident...urgent...illuminating: you will never again look at Schiele's vivid portraits without wondering about his subjects' lives beyond the frame.

  • Thought provoking and illuminating and a fascinating - I so enjoyed discovering the world and the women behind works of art I adore.

    Kate Sawyer, author of The Stranding
  • 'A reimaging of the lives of artist Egon Schiele's four female 'muses' it is both fascinating and compelling. I loved all four women...and the final scenes with Egon himself were truly extraordinary.'

    Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den
  • The four women who loved Schiele come back to life, combining an exquisite sense of place and era with a passion and sensuality that transcend time altogether.

    Isabel Costello, author of Scent
  • 'I knew nothing of Egon Schiele. I'm now obsessed, and heartbroken for all four women. An unforgettable book about wanting more for ourselves than we are told we are allowed.'

    Ericka Waller, author of Dog Days
  • An intoxicating and evocative read full of controversy and drama. We loved it.

    Woman and Home
  • of the great joys of reading The Flames is looking again at the women's portraits and letting them be animated by Haydock's careful, vibrant animation

    The Times

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