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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

  • Kindle Edition
  • 256 pages
  • Warpaint
  • Alicia Foster
  • English
  • 06 March 2016

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 the opposition Vivienne has to try and figure out if all is as it seems at Black's headuarters The other three female characters are soon introduced three artists who are hired by the WA AC to make uplifting momento's of the wartimes goings on to boost the morale of the country All three of these women live very different lives Laura an older lady finding her everyday life mundane and wants to tackle something challenging Cecily a young woman from a well off family whose fiancé is away at war and Faith on the run from her husband with his secrets in in fear of him finding her I really enjoyed the fact that I wasn't reading one story but four and yet they all came together at the end to bring it back to one story I did find myself preferring one or two of the women's stories than the others and for me this then made the book feel like it was slowed down and I found myself rushing through some of the chapters as I felt they were long drawn out and I just wanted to find my way back to some of the exciting storylines Throughout the book not all the characters are fictional and some of them were actual historical figures which gave the book meaning as you know some of the people were real or the events really happened and it gave the book an edge something to think about I even found myself doing some research on some of the bits and pieces that I read to understand them even The mix of fiction and non fiction was done really well and created a very interesting story to read I did enjoy Warpaint I just felt there were a few slow parts especially in the middle that made it slightly hard to read especially if this isn't the kind of book you would usually go for but the characters and the ending of the book really made up for it

  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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