The Restoration Artist


Lewis DeSoto is a writer and artist. His new novel The Restoration Artist, is available now. His previous novel A Blade of Grass, published by HarperCollins, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2004. He is also the author of the short biography, Emily Carr, published by Penguin Books Canada.




Praise for A Blade of Grass…

‘The rhythms of the prose are so seductive, the feeling for landscape is beautiful… What fiction should be: instructive, moving, enthralling.’ – Margaret Forster

‘A plangent debut… an extremely persuasive but of storytelling’ – Daily Mail

‘Outstanding debut novel… a cogent portrayal of race relations during the apartheid era’ – The Times

‘One of the most interesting novels to have emerged from South Africa recently…. does something few African writers have dared try’ – The Economist

‘DeSoto writes lyrically about the African countryside, and he delicately reveals the nuances of interracial sexual attraction.’ – The New York Times