This book is based on an exchange of letters between Jane Sinclair’s parents Jean Langley, artist, and John Sinclair, music critic 1960-62, when the author was five and her mother followed her lover, Arthur Boyd, to London, and took her daughter with her. Set in England and Australia, at a time when their friends John and Sunday Reed were high-profile arts patrons at their property Heide, a period of sexual liberation and a flowering of the arts, the complex relationship between Jane’s parents emerges through an exchange of long, often heartbreaking letters and journal entries. The powerful words are strengthened by photographs from that period.
About the author: Born in 1954, Jane Sinclair grew up surrounded by art and artists. Her parents, Jean Langley and John Sinclair, were part of the early modern art scene in Melbourne and were particularly close to John and Sunday Reed.
Jane was a painter for many years before starting to write and discovering that writing was her new obsession. This is her first book but another is already well on its way.