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A Woman with No Clothes on Hardcover – July 7, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Delancey Press Ltd (July 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953911977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953911974
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Outstanding. A powerful novel. The writing is original, literary, intense, and well observed - Wendy Robertson - Chair of Judges, Trafalgar Prize for work in progress 2005Main rescues Victorine from her invisibility in the Parisian art world of the nineteenth century. A Woman with No Clothes On confronts our cherished ideas about genius, originality and fame - Lesley Stevenson, author of Manet

About the Author

V Main graduated in English and Comparative Literature and has a PhD in Elizabethan drama from the Shakespeare Institute. She has worked as a journalist for the BBC and a lecturer at Nigerian and British universities, as well as in adult and further education colleges. She is married and has two daughters.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brooklyn Book Buyer on August 20, 2011
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If you are in your early teens and are interested in art, this book will be a fun read for you. Or if you like an easy page-turner, a sort of DaVinci Code-lite, and don't mind careless editing, you'll be happy with this titillatingly titled "A Woman with No Clothes On."

If, on the other hand, you are hoping to read a serious historic novel on the enigmatic model of Edouard Manet's masterpieces, you'll be disappointed. In one of only two commentaries on the book jacket (the other was neutral), the judge who awarded this book the Trafalgar Squared Prize (whatever that is) called it "Outstanding. A powerful novel." "The writing", she went on, "is original, literary, intense, and well-observed."

"A Woman with No Clothes On." is precisely the opposite of all the above (even if I'm not sure what "well observed" writing might be.) This is not to say that it is junk; not at all. It is just light fare, something for reading in an airport, or for a writing an 8th grade book report. A reader looking for insights on Manet and his world will do well to look elsewhere.
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