The Colour Storm

The Colour Storm

The compelling and spellbinding story of art and betrayal in Renaissance Venice

Summary

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The new spellbinding and enchanting story from the internationally acclaimed author of Tomorrow


Renaissance Venice is a furnace of ideas and ambition. Artists flock here, not just for wealth and fame, but for revolutionary colour. Yet artist Giorgione 'Zorzo' Barbarelli's career hangs in the balance. Competition is fierce, and his debts are piling up. When Zorzo hears a rumour of a mysterious, other-worldly new pigment, brought to Venice by the richest man in Europe, he sets out to acquire the colour and secure his name in history.

Winning a commission to paint a portrait of the man's wife, Sybille, Zorzo thinks he has found a way into the merchant's favour. Instead he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that stretches across Europe and a marriage coming apart inside one of the floating city's most illustrious palazzos.

As the water levels rise and the plague creeps ever closer, an increasingly desperate Zorzo isn't sure whom he can trust. Will Sybille prove to be the key to Zorzo's success, or the reason for his downfall?

Atmospheric and suspenseful, and filled with the famous artists of the era, The Colour Storm is an intoxicating story of art and ambition, love and obsession in Renaissance Venice - capturing a moment of artistic invention that echoes through the centuries.



'Addictive, ambitious and knife sharp. A compelling thriller and a celebration of art. Ravishing'
Rachel Joyce, bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

'An epic tale of love, of courage, of hope' Evening Standard

'Bask in the brilliance' The Mail on Sunday

© Damian Dibben 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Reviews

  • Ravishing, addictive, knife-sharp, ambitious, and singing with detail. A compelling thriller that takes us to the heart of sixteenth century Venice where the world's most famous painters compete to win the greatest commission of their lives. There is so much to think about and relish. Not simply the story itself - with all its glorious twists and turns - but the search to express ourselves. A celebration of art and a hymn to colour.
    Rachel Joyce

About the author

Damian Dibben

Damian Dibben's novels have been translated into twenty-seven languages and published in over forty countries. Tomorrow was his first book for adults, having written the internationally acclaimed children's series, The History Keepers. Previously, he worked as a screenwriter and actor on projects as diverse as The Phantom of the Opera, Puss in Boots and Young Indiana Jones. He is a patron for the Dogs for Good charity and lives on London's South Bank, with his husband, Ali, and their dogs, Dudley, Daphne and Velvet.
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