Simona Cremonini – “The Fairy Painter”
a fantasy novel based on Victorian Fairy Painting
The Fairy Painter, UK English back cover:
London, 1853. Having acquired a reputation in London as the man who interviewed Sherlock Holmes, young journalist and aspiring novelist Jonathan Sanders is given a special assignment by his director – to interview Edmund Wright, the ‘fairy painter’, for an article in the Evening Star. Wright’s paintings have done much to convince the people of Victorian Britain and the rest of the world that the fairies and ‘little people’ that have hitherto been confined to folklore and certain works by Shakespeare really do exist. When Jonathan visits Waterhouse, the residence outside London to which Wright retired ten years before, he discovers a little world that greatly resembles the one depicted in the paintings.
Ready to embrace a new incarnation of himself and his talents as a writer, Jonathan makes the acquaintance of the extraordinary ‘dames’ who live in peaceful harmony at Wright’s villa, among them the enchanting Celeste who will capture his heart and change his life.
Looming over them, however, is the ominous Golden Hermetic Brotherhood with its nefarious ambition to dominate the world with magic, but there’s one thing the Brotherhood needs – the secret that changed the destiny of artist Richard Dadd and which Jonathan has recently happened upon: the mystery of the fairies.
Adventure, folklore, mystery, artistry, fantasy and steampunk; this is an extraordinary tale steeped in the charm of the Victorian era and fairy painting – a genre linked to the Pre-Raphaelite movement that emerged in the 19th century and has never before been the backdrop for a novel.
Simona Cremonini is author of:
– non-fiction books based on Italian folklore (Garda Lake legends, wine&food legends) and literature
– 3 fantasy novels (witch trilogy) inspired by Garda Lake legends (all published in Italy)
– 2 fantasy novels (dilogy) inspired by Victorian fairy painting (both published in Italy; “The Fairy Painter” was translated into UK English by a native language translator; the UK English version is unpublished)
– 1 supernatural mistery novel inspired by legends about death from French Brittany (unpublished)
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