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The Kiss Joan Lingard

The Kiss By Joan Lingard

The Kiss by Joan Lingard

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The Kiss Summary

The Kiss by Joan Lingard

Cormac, born and brought up in Belfast, living now in Edinburgh with his wife and children, is an art teacher, an admirer of Rodin and a sculptor himself. When he tries to transmit his enthusiasm for Rodin to his students he finds his words tend to fall on stony ground, except when it comes to Clarinda Bain. Fifteen years old, beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Clarinda is his keenest and most ardent student. On a school trip to Paris she becomes obsessed by the work and life of Gwen John, in particular by her affair with Rodin. She then begins to mirror this relationship by becoming obsessed herself with her own mentor, which throws Cormac's life as a teacher and husband into confusion. Compelling and exquisitely written, The Kiss is a study of artistic and sexual obsession by a writer at the height of her powers.

The Kiss Reviews

'Lingard, with the deftest of touches, invokes Gwen John's ghost and lets it haunt the rest of the novel... The Kiss illuminates the shadowlands that lie between adolescence and maturity, artistic ambition and fulfilment, admiration and obsession' Glasgow Herald 'Impressionable teenage girls, disgraced teachers, famous artists and their lovers... a remarkably assured piece of writing, as effective as it is undemonstrative' Sunday Telegraph 'Joan Lingard tells the story deftly, sympathetically, artfully... [she] recognises the individuality of her characters and respects it.' Alan Massie, The Scotsman

About Joan Lingard

JOAN LINGARD is the acclaimed author of over 40 books for both children and adults. She was born in Edinburgh and brought up in Belfast, the inspiration for many of her novels, including the ground-breaking Across the Barricades. She was awarded the MBE in 1998 for Services to Children's Literature. The Kiss is the result of a long-standing personal fascination with the painter Gwen John.

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The Kiss by Joan Lingard
Used - Very Good
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