No one kws the name of 'the painter' who comes to the asylum in St Remy in the south of France, but they see his wild, red hair and news of his savaged ear soon circulates in the village and comes to the tice of the wife of the asylum's doctor. She feels herself drawn to him and learns that his presence is disturbing - and t just to her either. But back she goes - again and again. Until she is banned, but still she makes her way over the wall, through the garden to talk to this apparently mad and passionate man. And the consequences of her indiscretion, of what van Gogh comes to mean to her, of what it will do to her marriage, her life once she has touched danger and passion will have far reaching effects - both surprisingly catastrophic and tender.
Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She is the author of the bestselling Eve Green, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; Oystercatchers and Witch Light.