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The Restless Wave

My Two Lives with John Bellany

Helen Bellany

The Restless Wave by Helen Bellany

Helen Bellany, twice married to the artist John Bellany, recalls their rise from poverty and obscurity to worldwide recognition. This tender memoir evokes the poetry and passion of their life together, and the
cost exacted by the creation of great art.

RRP: £9.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240654
Publication Date: 05/09/2019
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Helen Bellany
Helen Bellany was the partner and muse of the critically acclaimed artist John Bellany, and is an artist herself. They were married twice and had three children together. Helen spent...


‘Immediate, full of emotion.’

The Scottish Review of Books

‘Bellany’s life and art constitute a saga worthy of his seafaring ancestors. He could not have succeeded without Helen, as this book shows and both knew from the outset of their momentous voyage together.’

The Spectator

‘In an effortless style, Bellany lays bare the imperfections of their relationship, capturing both testing times and happy memories. An honest and enthralling read.’

Scottish Field

‘A marvelously tender biography.’

Fiona Green, The Islington Tribune

‘Compelling ... a beautifully told tale of a remarkable man by a remarkable woman.’

Joan Bakewell

‘The book is as much about [John] as it is about Helen, but she writes with great candour and without self-pity. Just by telling the story, she makes clear how much we owe to her for the gift of John's art.’

Duncan Macmillan, Scotland on Sunday

‘The Restless Wave is a remarkable book, and deserves to be widely read. It is also, at approaching 400 pages, the longest love letter we've ever read: but so easy and rewarding to read at the same time.’

Undiscovered Scotland

‘A touching (written) portrait of one of Scotland's great artists, and life as his muse.’

Bookseller review, Waterstones Sauchiehall Street

‘One of the best biographies I’ve ever read.’

Dennis Canavan

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