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Warpaint Warpaint by Alicia Foster is a compelling tale of truth and lies tragedy and black comedy loosely based on the lives of four painters of the timeEngland 1942 a dark world of conflict hardship and subterfuge where information is a matter of life and death and art has become a weaponIn a gothic villa deep in the woods near Bletchley Park the 'Black' propaganda team use intelligence to make propaganda designed to demoralise the enemy For Vivienne Thayer employed as an artist at the villa the war has worked out well so far she has an indulgent husband and a new lover And while the government uibbles over what cannot be shown officially at the villa there are no such restrictions but where does the subterfuge endMeanwhile on the Home Front three women painters Laura Knight Faith Farr and Cecily Browne have been tasked by the War Artist's Advisory Committee with recording wartime life brightening the existence of a public starved of culture and summoning up the bulldog spirit in their art Together they must battle with the men in power including Churchill himself to control the stories that can be toldAs the course of the war turns and the lives of both groups collide each woman must ask herself what can be revealed and what must be concealed even from those closest to them

About the Author: Alicia Foster

Alicia Foster grew up in Yorkshire and lives in Kent She has a PhD in Art History and when she's not writing herself she teaches art students Warpaint is her first novel

7 thoughts on “Warpaint

  1. says:

    I love well observed well written historical fiction and I like it even better if there are truths behind that fiction This book ticked all my boxes The pace was great I couldn't put it down in fact The strong female characters were wonderful I hope they make the film Can't wait until this authors next book

  2. says:

    Warpaint is a historical fiction book based around the time of WW2 but instead of focusing on the men at war Warpaint introduces to four women each a really well written strong female character Starting at Bletchley Park we meet Vivienne a part of 'Black' a team that uses propaganda to attempt to distract the opposition Embroiled in an affair with a German who is now trying to help t

  3. says:

    Worthy but I just couldn't get into this one Characters didn't grab me plot didn't grab me and half way through I realized I had zero interest in finding out what happened So I stopped reading It's rare for me to do that with a book Sorry

  4. says:

    A new perspectiveA yarn about art and war with a new slant If you want to know about the history of these women and their activities read another book Good on character short on plot until near the end Recommend imperial war museum web site where you can see many of the paintings which the author so clearly describes

  5. says:

    This novel provides an interesting view of two aspects of WWII propaganda efforts by the British Set in 1942 the story revolves around three female painters tasked with creating artistic works that would boost morale Another British artist paints “black” works that are used to demoralize the German people I knew little about these programs and enjoyed reading the book

  6. says:

    A great read

  7. says:

    This book did not really grip me I don't know why it was described as a thriller

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