Acclaimed novelist Amy Sackville is hailed for her rich, rhapsodic language. Reminiscent of the work of Hillary Mantel, Painter to the King is a dense and immersive account of the life and times of the great Baroque painter Diego Velázquez in the court of Spain’s King Philip IV. Sumptuous and stylish, Sackville brilliantly evokes Velázquez’s genius and the torment of an artist ensnared in a web of courtly power.
Amy Sackville’s first novel The Still Point was longlisted for the Orange Prize and won the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and her second, Orkney, won the 2014 Somerset Maugham Award. Her new book is Painter to the King.
Jo Case is an Adelaide-based writer, editor and bookseller, and the author of Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s. She works at Imprints Booksellers and Wakefield Press.