Clark is one of those writers who can see
into the past and help us feel its texture.
Clare Clark is the award-winning author of six critically acclaimed novels:
The Great Stink, The Nature of Monsters,
Savage Lands, Beautiful Lies, We That Are Left,
and In the Full Light of the Sun.
She is currently working on a seventh book, her first to be set in contemporary London. Watch this space!
Until then, this site contains plenty of information about the author and her books as well as various extras, including her most recent reviews, what's on her reading list, and answers to some frequently asked questions.
IN THE FULL LIGHT OF THE SUN
In the turbulent years between the wars, nothing in Berlin is quite what it seems. Not for Emmeline, a wayward young artist freewheeling wildly through the city in search of meaning. Not for Julius, an eminent art connoisseur who finds it easier to love paintings than people. And most definitely not for Frank, a Jewish lawyer who must find a way to protect his family and his principles as the Nazis begin their rise to power.
But the greatest enigma of all is Matthias, the mercurial art dealer who connects them. Charming and ambitious, he will provoke a scandal that turns all of their lives upside down.
Inspired by true events, this brilliant, humane novel peels back the cherished illusions that sustain us to reveal the truths beneath. A book about beauty and justice, vanity and self-delusion, it asks: Do we see only what we choose to see, even in the full light of the sun?
REVIEWS IN THE PRESS
With great skill and sympathy, Clark evokes a febrile society in which politics, love and art offer no certainties, and the ground always threatens to open beneath her characters’ feet.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Van Gogh’s posthumous rise to fame bursts from history like a spurt of the
artist’s beloved chrome yellow from a tube of paint.
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
A novel as intricate as filigree in its structure and as powerful as a storm surge in its headlong sweep... Clark has outdone herself.
The most enjoyable mystery here is the matter of whether anyone is really their authentic self.
As compelling as it is expansive… In an age that has apparently lost faith in
experts and verifiable sources of information, Clark’s fictionalization of the
Wacker affair stands as a salutary tale for the post-truth era.
A vivid novel that carries traces of The Goldfinch in its central truth: ‘We
don’t choose the deepest desires of our hearts. Our only choice is whether to
act on them.
THE IRISH TIMES
Unputdownable. Very clever plot … a completely fascinating story