Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Still Life (December 2021)

By Sarah Winman

February 20, 2022

1944.  In the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening.

Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier; Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy.  She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and relive memories of the time she encountered E. M. Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular room with a view.

Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses’ mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for decades to come.

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