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Cut Out

Michèle Roberts

Cut Out by Michèle Roberts

‘Brimming with delights, as full of life and colour as Matisse’s cut outs.’ -Susie Boyt

Denis knows his mother kept things from him. His godmother, Clemence, knows the truth. In rich, sensuous prose, Roberts interweaves Denis’s search for answers with Clemence’s memories of the time she spent working for Matisse.

RRP: £14.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781913207472
Publication Date: 12/08/2021
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Michèle Roberts
Michèle Roberts is the author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, including Daughters of the House, which won the WHSmith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and, most...


‘Brimming with delights, as full of life and colour as Matisse’s cut outs. Beautifully written with many sharp and original ideas about life and loss and creativity. A novel of deep pleasures.’

Susie Boyt

‘Lyrical, atmospheric, wonderful. This novel has all the romance of the most delicious hot French summer. No-one writes quite like Michèle Roberts.’

Viv Groskop

‘The story is alive with vivid women.’

Financial Times


The Sunday Times

‘This lyrical tale of family secrets and self-discovery is heavenly.’

Woman's Weekly

‘Roberts tells her tale carefully, in small brightly coloured segments that can’t help but recall the style of Matisse’s famous cut-out artworks, and with an eye for domestic detail so sumptuous you can almost feel the linen and smell the sage leaves.’

Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

‘A subtle and delicate new work of fiction imagining the unsung lives of women in the orbit of Henri Matisse. ’

Anthony Cummins, Mail on Sunday

‘A sumptuously written and life-affirming examination of what it is to be an artist, a woman, a feminist...’

Literary Review

‘It’s a book to be read slowly, taking time to pause, remember, picture and dream.’

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

‘A tender exploration of friendship and love in its many forms.’

Lucy Popescu, The Tablet

‘Beautifully written.’


‘One of Britain's best novelists.’

Independent on Sunday