The Woman in the Picture

James Wilson

The Woman in the Picture by James Wilson is a beautifully written, intriguing and gorgeously romantic novel set in the early days of cinema.

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On his return to Britain after the First World War, Henry Whitaker begins his career as a film-maker – first as assistant to the legendary director Arthur Maxted, and then as one of the country’s foremost documentary-makers. But all the while he yearns to create a feature film of his own – a work of art that will give his life meaning.

Interwoven with Henry’s narrative is the present-day quest of his daughter, Miranda, to understand what happened to her mother, a refugee Henry met and married in Germany at the end of the war. Did Henry – as his daughter has always supposed – drive Romana to suicide? Or do Miranda’s half-repressed childhood memories hint at an altogether more complex and extraordinary truth?


James Wilson has written plays, TV documentaries (including the award-winning Savagery and the American Indian for the BBC) and a critically-acclaimed history of Native Americans, The Earth Shall Weep. His three previous novels were The Dark Clue, The Bastard Boy and, most recently, The Woman in the Picture, described by Kate Saunders in The Times as ‘a multi-layered, deeply absorbing…

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