Sybil & Cyril: Cutting Through Time

Jenny Uglow

From one of our most admired writers, the gripping story of a dynamic artistic partnership between the wars.

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‘A joy to read.’ Sunday Times

‘Outstanding.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Excellent.’ The Spectator

‘Superb.’ Literary Review

‘Scintillating . . . A gripping, mysterious love story which also sheds light on British culture between the wars.’ Financial Times

In 1922, Cyril Power, a fifty-year-old architect, left his family to work with the twenty-four-year-old Sybil Andrews. They would be together for twenty years. Both became famous for their dynamic, modernist linocuts – streamlined, full of movement and brilliant colour, summing up the hectic interwar years.

Theirs was a scintillating world of Futurists, Surrealists and pioneering abstraction, but alongside the buzz of the new, of machines and speed, shops and sport and dance, they also looked back, to medieval myths and early music, to country ways disappearing from sight.

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[A] warm and inclusive double biography . . . Jenny Uglow’s rich evocation of the past creates a lavish detailed background.

Lindsay Duguid, Times Literary Supplement
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[A] marvellous book . . .Uglow does wonders.

Norma Clarke, Literary Review
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Uglow is wonderful at conjuring up atmospheres.

John Carey, Sunday Times
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The intensely visual prose . . . makes the reader feel like they are flicking through a colourful sketchbook . . . Characters come charmingly to life.

Lucy Davies, Daily Telegraph
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Excellent, vividly illustrated . . . [Uglow] demonstrates her skill at conjuring up lives in time and her light touch in assembling images and ideas from contemporary culture.’

Charlotte Hobson, The Spectator

Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now lives in Canterbury. Her books include prize-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth. The Lunar Men, published in 2002, was described by Richard Holmes as ‘an extraordinarily gripping account’, while Nature’s Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007 and A Gambling Man: Charles II…

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