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Goldsboro Books




by Elizabeth Fremantle

Publisher Michael Joseph


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About the book

I'll show you what a woman can do . . .

'Artemisia's life was extraordinary, and so is this book. I was swept away by lush, evocative prose. An unforgettable, moving and important story told with great skill and care'

'An exhilarating read. Through effervescent prose, Elizabeth Fremantle brings the story of artist Artemisia Gentileschi to life. Gripping, captivating, and consistently enlightening,Disobedientfirmly places Gentileschi as one of the greatest female heroines in history'KATY HESSEL

'Outstanding. A powerful novel about women who are shamed and silenced, and how they learn to survive. A literary knockout'ANNA MAZZOLA, author ofThe Clockwork Girl

'An unputdownable story of revenge, ambition, and how women overcome adversity. A heartbreaking and empowering read that places Artemisia as one of the greatest painters in history'COSTANZA CASATI, author ofClytemnestra

'An unforgettable book - visceral and lush and fierce. The last few pages left me gasping. An absolute triumph'EVE CHASE

Rome 1611.

A jewel-bright place of change, with sumptuous new palaces and lavish wealth on display. A city where women are seen but not heard.

Artemisia Gentileschi dreams of becoming a great artist. Motherless, she grows up among a family of painters - men and boys. She knows she is more talented than her brothers, but she cannot choose her own future. She wants to experience the world, but she belongs to her father and will belong to a husband.

As Artemisia patiently goes from lesson to lesson, perfecting her craft, she also paints in private, recreating the women who inspire her, away from her father's eyes.

Until a mysterious tutor enters her life. Tassi is a dashing figure, handsome and worldly, and for a moment he represents everything that a life of freedom might offer. But then the unthinkable happens.

In the eyes of her family, Artemisia should accept her fate. In the eyes of the law, she is the villain.

But Artemisia is a survivor. And this is her story to tell.

'Agreat female artiststrugglingforher voiceand forjusticeisbrought to powerful life.Brilliantly researched,rich in detail,grippingly written,Disobedientis the novelElizabeth Fremantlewasborn to write'ELIZABETH BUCHAN

'Icould not putthis bookdown.Every woman - and man - should read it. Shocking,gripping, Fremantle has crafted a tale thatvividly evokesBaroque Italy byportrayingastrong,assertive women.Splendid!'ALISON WEIR

'If you don't already know the story of 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentilleschi, I urge you not to google it but let this phenomenal novel describe her for you. Elizabeth is a writer at the top of her game, and this is historical fiction at its absolute best' GILL PAUL, author ofThe Secret Wife

'The colourful, brutal world of Baroque Italy is superbly evoked in this gripping novel. The challenges faced by a dauntless woman in this man's world leave a deep impression on the reader' LINDA PORTER

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About the Author

Elizabeth Fremantle

Elizabeth Fremantle is an English novelist, whose published works include Queens Gambit, The Girl in the Glass Tower (2016) and Queen's Gambit (2013).

As E.C. Fremantle she has published the critically acclaimed thriller The Poison Bed (2018).

Elizabeth's novels focus on themes of women and power and are linked by her interest in exploring the invisibility of early modern women's lives. She was described by The Bookseller in 2013 as ‘a major new voice in historical fiction,’ and People magazine called her ‘a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction.’

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  • Book Condition & Notes

    Deadline for number requests: 23rd July 2023, 6pm UK time.

    *Please note that images of special editions are digitally constructed by the publisher and may differ from the final product due to the production process.*

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