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Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew

book | Fiction | 2016
UK & Comm → Virago Press (Ed. Lennie Goodings)

Provence, May 1889. The hospital of Saint-Paul-de Mausole sits at the foot of Les Alpilles mountains amongst wheat fields, herbs and olive groves. This old monastery is home to the mentally ill. For years, they have come here and lived quietly, found rest and care behind Saint-Paul’s shutters and high, sun-baked walls. But this peace is about to be shattered. A new patient has come.

Tales of this arrival – his savagery, his paintings and copper-red hair – are quick to find Jeanne Trabuc. From her small white cottage near the olive grove, she watches him - how he sets his easel amongst the trees and paints in the heat of the day. As the warden’s wife, she knows the rules; she knows not to approach the patients at Saint-Paul. But this man is different. This man – passionate, paint-smelling, full of life and longing and tales of his own – is, she thinks, worth talking to. So despite her husband’s wishes and the dangers, and despite the word mad, Jeanne walks out amongst the olive trees…

Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew is a book about passion, adventure and the brevity of life. But it’s also a study of a marriage, and how love alters over time. It’s only through her friendship with the painter at Saint-Paul that Jeanne comes to know who she is, what she truly feels – and, at last and with certainty, what she wants for the rest of her life.

Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew was ranked #5 in London's Bestseller list following its publication.


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Through the intensity with which Van Gogh views the world, Madame Trabuc discovers a means to resuscitate her passion for life and for her husband.; Seen from her perspective rather than Van Gogh's, this is a touching and finely written novel about a woman emerging from an emotional hibernation.

Nick Rennison
Sunday Time's Culture Magazine
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