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The Flames

Trade Paperback
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May 2022
About the book: 
Every painting tells a story, but what if the women on the canvas could talk...
ADELE: passionate, fierce, obstinate. The daughter of a bourgeois family in 1900s Vienna, she rails against the strictures of her class and longs for freedom.
GERTRUDE: spirited, single-minded, possessive. The sister to budding artist Egon Schiele, she longs for an exciting life away from their tempestuous family home.
VALLY: determined, independent, proud. A model for celebrated artist Gustav Klimt, she has carved her way out of poverty and is now forging a brave new path for herself.
EDITH: quiet, conventional, loyal. Or is she? Younger sister to Adele, Edith is overlooked and wonders if there is another version of the woman she might become.
Four flames, four wild, blazing hearts, longing to be known. All four will become muses to the charismatic but controversial artist Egon Schiele. In an elegant bohemian city like Vienna, everything seems possible - until an act of betrayal changes everything. For just as a flame has the power to mesmerize, it can also destroy everything in its path . . .
About the Author

Sophie Haydock is a journalist and editor (Sunday Times, Guardian, Tatler, BBC Three). She also works as a digital editor for the Sunday Times Short Story Award and is associate director of the Word Factory short story organisation. She has written about Egon Schiele for the Royal Academy Magazine and Sotheby’s. The Flames won the 2018 Impress Prize for New Writers. In the same year, the opening sections of the novel were longlisted for the Retreat West First Chapter and shortlisted for the PENfro Book Festival’s First Chapter Competition. Her Instagram account @egonschieleswomen has an audience of 92,000 followers.

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