Art Gallery Book Club
The Biographer's Lover, by Ruby J Murray
The Art Gallery Book Club meets every second month at the Gallery to discuss books, enjoy great art, and share a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
For June, our book will be The Biographer’s Lover by Ruby J Murray.
Join us in the study room for a friendly and open discussion on this novel, exploring the Australian art world and the stories that wait behind what artists leave behind.
About the book
When a young writer is hired to put together the life of an unknown artist from Geelong, of all places, she thinks it will be just another quick commission paid for by a rich, grieving family obsessed with their own past.
But Edna Cranmer was not a privileged housewife with a paintbrush. Edna’s work spans decades. Her soaring images of red dirt, close interiors and distant jungles have the potential to change the way the nation views itself.
Edna could have been an official war artist. Did she choose to hide herself away? Or were there people who didn’t want her to be famous? As the biographer is pulled into Edna’s life, she is confronted with the fact that how she tells Edna’s past will affect her own future.
This elegant and engrossing novel explores how we value and celebrate art and artists’ lives. The Biographer’s Lover reminds us that all memory is an act of curation.
The Biographer’s Lover is available from the Gallery Shop. Buy your copy online.