Natasha Solomons

Natasha Solomons

Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally bestselling Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. Natasha lives in Dorset with her son and her husband with whom she also writes screenplays. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.
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The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

By Natasha Solomons

At thirty a woman has a directness in her eye. Juliet Montague did anyhow. She knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted to buy a refrigerator.

But in a rash moment, Juliet commissions a portrait of herself instead. She has been closeted by her conservative Jewish community for too long, ever since her husband disappeared. Now she is ready to be seen.

So begins the journey of a suburban wife and mother into the heart of '60s London and its thriving art world, where she proves an astute spotter of talent. Yet she remains an outsider: drawn to a reclusive artist who never leaves Dorset and unable to feel free until she has tracked down her husband - a quest that leads to California and a startling discovery.

Captivates you with its charm, quirkiness and old-fashioned storytellingThis charming, mesmerising story is ultimately about the triumph of the human spirit, not the caging of it . . . Solomons has created a warm, luscious read that brims with passion and skilfully evokes a bygone era when only married women could be prescribed the Pill, when the sexual revolution was just beginning and when children were cheerfully given cherry brandy as a "sleeping draught". It is a beautifully written tale about a woman who was left socially dead but rose again by seizing life.The Gallery of Vanished Husbands is a colourful and captivating tale of a woman shedding her skin.Natasha Solomons typically binds her themes with her gift as a storyteller. Many times I had to stop and gasp for air at some incredible revelation. But mostly this is a portrait of a woman. Solomons doesn't tell us Juliet is beautiful, but you know she is from the way her head and heart behave and the way the men in her orbit adore her.This brilliant novel is infused with empathy and humour. I adored it.A luminous book - passionate, rich and touching.The loose and liberated art world of the 1960s in the setting for The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, a charming tale by Natasha Solomons. After having her portrait painted, a newly abandoned wife breaks free from her uptight upbringing to find a new love and life.Solomons creates in Juliet a detailed character portrait of a woman who exhibits strength and poise under less than ideal conditions. Each chapter tells the story of one of Juliet's paintings and of important events in her life, and readers will respond to the realistic and beautifully flawed characteristics assigned to her.The entrancing new novel by the author of the international bestsellers Mr Rosenblum's List and The Novel in the Viola.Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally bestselling Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. Natasha lives in Dorset with her son and her husband with whom she also writes screenplays. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.A joy to read, full of warmth, quirky humour and poignancy - a perfect summer read for fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.National press advertising and ads across women's lifestyle sites.Pop-up author events throughout the summer.Reading group campaign.THE NOVEL IN THE VIOLA was a Richard & Judy Summer Read as well as a New York Times bestseller. MR ROSENBLUM'S LIST was shortlisted for the Galaxy Awards.

By the author of the international bestseller MR ROSENBLUM`S LIST, the captivating story of the life and loves of a woman who breaks free of her strict Jewish upbringing and joins the world of art and artists in sixties London.

Raised by strict Jewish parents in suburban Kent in the 1930s and 40s, Juliet Montague has never rebelled against her upbbringing, even when her husband disappears, which in her tight-knit community means that until he is traced, she cannot have anything to do with another man. But on her 30th birthday, on her way to buy the fridge she has scrimped for, she impulsively decides to spend her savings on a painting by a young artist, who persuades her to let him paint a portrait of herself instead. 

The portrait, the first in a series by various artists that punctuates Juliet`s life, marks the beginning of a tricky, exciting and guilt-ridden path as she juggles being a mother and dutiful daughter with the allure of London`s art world in the sixties. She proves a skilful spotter of new talent, but also susceptible to an intriguingly reclusive artist who never leaves Dorset. The more she becomes involved with him and the further she is drawn from her roots, the more important it becomes to track her husband down - a quest which will take her to California.   


Natasha Solomons was born in 1980. Her first job, aged nine, was as a shepherdess, minding the flock on Bulbarrow hill. Since then, she has worked as a screenwriter with her husband, and they are currently working on the adaptation of MR ROSENBLUM`S LIST. She is also researching a PhD in eighteenth-century poetry. She lives in Dorset.

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The Novel in the Viola

By Natasha Solomons

In the spring of 1938 Elise Landau arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay. A bright young thing from Vienna forced to become a parlour-maid, she knows nothing about England, except that she won't like it. As servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn, Elise wears her mother's pearls beneath her uniform, and causes outrage by dancing with a boy called Kit. But war is coming and the world is changing. And Elise must change with it.

At Tyneford she learns that you can be more than one person.
And that you can love more than once.

'A deeply touching and blissfully romantic elegy for a lost world.'A vivid and poignant story about hope, loss and reinventionA warm story with a lovely uncloying sweetness.Solomons's confident timing means that we sense what is about to happen only moments before it occurs, and are compelled to read on, not as one might expect for the frisson of a new event, but for the thrill of having our intuition confirmed.

For Mr Rosenblum's List:

'The descriptions of England - as friend, adversary and eventually home - are exquisite. A touching, surprising and satisfying read.'

'Utterly charming and very funny''An unususal, comedy-rich novel... a treat of a book'.'a subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britain'.'Prepare to be seriously charmed'.

For Mr Rosenblum's List:

'The descriptions of England - as friend, adversary and eventually home - are exquisite. A touching, surprising and satisfying read.'

'Utterly charming and very funny''An unususal, comedy-rich novel... a treat of a book'.'a subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britain'.'Prepare to be seriously charmed'.'both a love story and an elegy to the English country house...the greatest pleasure is its stirring narrative and the constant sense of discovery within the historical sweep of Elise's life...Solomon's confident timing means that we sense what is about to happen only moments before it occurs, and are compelled to read on, not as one might expect for the frisson of a new event, but for the thrill of having our intuition confirmed.''An engaging read ... ripe for the screen'

A sweeping story of upstairs, downstairs, love and loss by the author of Mr Rosenblum's List.

Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally bestselling Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. Natasha lives in Dorset with her son and her husband with whom she also writes screenplays. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.Mr Rosenblum's List was an international bestseller and film rights have been bought by Film Four with Cowboy Films. Natasha and her husband are writing the screenplay.
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Mr Rosenblum's List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

By Natasha Solomons

List item 2: Never speak German on the upper decks of London buses.

Jack Rosenblum is five foot three and a half inches of sheer tenacity. He's writing a list so he can become a Very English Gentleman.

List item 41: An Englishman buys his marmalade from Fortnum and Mason.

It's 1952, and despite his best efforts, his bid to blend in is fraught with unexpected hurdles - including his wife. Sadie doesn't want to forget where they came from or the family they've lost. And she shows no interest in getting a purple rinse.

List item 112: An Englishman keeps his head in a crisis, even when he's risking everything.

Jack leads a reluctant Sadie deep into the English countryside in pursuit of a dream. Here, in a land of woolly pigs, bluebells and jitterbug cider, they embark on an impossible task...

Prepare to be seriously charmed.'The descriptions of England - as friend, adversary and eventually homne - are exquisite. Jack Rosenblum, a foolish, deeply sympathetic protagonist, is exasperating and admirable in equal measure. A touching, surprising and satisfying read.''Utterly charming and very funny''In her charming debut, Natasha Solomons folds together Jewish baking, golf and Dorset folklore to create a singular comic confection... Solomons crafts a fine pastoral comedy from Jack's eccentric endeavours to reshape the land and from his encounters with rustic labourers who seem to have absconded from the pages of a Hardy novel... Sadie provides a touching counterpoint to the comedy... Much of the delight in this novel stems from Solomons' feeling for types of traditional knowledge that are on the verge of obsolescence.'The light yet poignant tone makes for an unusual, richly comic novel...a treat of a book.An affectionate portrait of a spirited man trying to find a little corner of the world where he can truly belong...[Solomons] successfully treads the fine line between comedy and the precarious plight of refugees in an entertaining tale that has resonances in contemporary Britain.'a subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britain'.'a tender exploration of the nature of home'.written with and skill, humour and sympathy[Solomons] has an exceptional feel for the Dorset countryside.A delightful tale of one man's determination to fulfil his dream.delightful debut...Solomon's narrative has shades of both P.G. Wodehouse and Isabel Allende...There are also echoes of Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem in this whimsical novel's deep seam of inquiry into the nature of Englishness.almost irritatingly impressive...she strikes the perfect note with simple, evocative metaphors. I was forced to accept that this was a rare treat; a debut novel that is pretty much flawless...Sprinkled with a hint of magic, this debut is a delight.A charming novel about an irrepressible man, his long-suffering wife and a Very English dream.Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally bestselling Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. Natasha lives in Dorset with her son and her husband with whom she also writes screenplays. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.While set in the 1950s, themes of identity and belonging have a contemporary resonance.Film rights have been bought by Film Four with Cowboy Films. Natasha and her husband are writing the screenplay.Story is inspired by the author's grandparents, who were German Jewish refugees. The 'Useful Advice' given to Jack Rosenblum by the German Jewish Aid Committee is a genuine document.Wonderful sense of the English countryside.Jack and Sadie Rosenblum are characters to fall in love with.Young and promotable debut novelist.Major publicity campaign around Natasha's attempt to beat the current world record for number of events undertaken to promote a book. She will be visiting all kinds of book groups and festivals and blogging about her experiences as well as writing articles for national newspapers and doing a range of radio interviews, including Open Book, Radio 4.
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List item 2: Never speak German on the upper decks of London buses.Jack Rosenblum is five foot three and a half inches of sheer tenacity. He's writing a list so he can become a Very English Gentleman.List item 41: An Englishman buys his marmalade from Fortnum and Mason.It's 1952, and despite his best efforts, his bid to blend in is fraught with unexpected hurdles - including his wife. Sadie doesn't want to forget where they came from or the family they've lost. And she shows no interest in getting a purple rinse.List item 112: An Englishman keeps his head in a crisis, even when he's risking everything.Jack leads a reluctant Sadie deep into the English countryside in pursuit of a dream. Here, in a land of woolly pigs, bluebells and jitterbug cider, they embark on an impossible task...

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...a subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britain.

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