If You Like….

What with all the spring give aways, we haven’t had an If You Like for a while.

In honor of That Summer, I was going to do an If You Like on novels involving Pre-Raphaelite art or artists, but… I couldn’t think of any!

There is A.S. Byatt’s Possession, which features Burne-Jones’ Beguiling of Nimue on the cover, and is deeply immersed in that milieu, even though it focuses on poets rather than painters.

I’ve had some tips from author friends. Kate Forsyth (whose books I adore– if you haven’t read Bitter Greens, get your hands on it as soon as you can!) recommended Essie Fox’s Elijah’s Mermaid, which was inspired by a Waterhouse painting and, like That Summer, features an imaginary Pre-Raph.

In other Pre-Raphaelite novel news, Kris Waldherr recently posted an interview with Kirsty Stonell Walker, who has written a novel about one of Rossetti’s later flings, A Curl of Copper and Pearl, as well as non-fiction about other Pre-Raph models and muses.

And that’s it. The sum total.

Help! Have you stumbled across any Pre-Raphaelite inspired novels– other than That Summer?


  1. Alexa J on June 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I haven’t read any Pre-Raphaelite novels, but I just finished That Summer, and it was pitch-perfect! So atmospheric and well paced. Typically, I’m not the biggest fan of time slip novels, since I find myself more intrigued by one set of characters/one time period, but your novel is the exception! Well done, Lauren! 🙂

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