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Gabriel Marchant: How I Became a Painter

Gabriel Marchant: How I Became a Painter

by Wendy Robertson


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In 1963, on the day of the assassination of President Kennedy, the eminent painter Gabriel Marchant, reflects on his early days when he met Archie, charismatic warden of The Settlement, an arts centre in his home town. Unemployed and feeling very low, Gabriel was rescued by the encouragement he finds at The Settlement, inspired by Archie Todhunter and the enigmatic German Rosel Vonn, a sculptor and artist.
With him on his journey are his best friend Tegger, who will become a writer, and the clever, witty schoolgirl Greta who will change lives in her own way. Later, both haunted and inspired by images of life and work underground, Gabriel's painting finds first local and then national fame and his life is changed forever.
As he tells the whole tale of how he became a painter Gabriel Marchant celebrates the liberating nature of art in hard-pressed lives and the role of people like Archie Todhunter those magical change-makers in lives like his own.
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ISBN-13: 9781496179470
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2014
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Wendy Robertson has published more than twenty well reviewed best selling novels, two short story collections and she continues to write occasional articles on issues close to her heart. For two years she had her own community radio programme called The Writing Game.
She lives in historic South Durham, in a Victorian house that has played a role in more than one of her novels. She spends her time writing, painting and working with other writers,
'My novels are mostly set in some crosspiece of time and place. The unique, sometimes quirky lives of my characters reflect the wide range of people I've come to know very well in my life.'
She writes about her life and her books at:
'Robertson's characters are wonderful, quirky and interesting people. Utterly believable.' Northern Echo.
'She brings the history of ordinary people alive in her fiction. Vibrant.''

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