Rachel Hore – The Glass Painter’s Daughter

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Rachel Hore
The Glass Painter’s Daughter
Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)
Publication date:
April 2009
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Fran Morrison, a travelling musician, is summoned home to London after her father suffers a stroke and finds herself in charge of the family business, a stained glass workshop in an historic backwater of Westminster.
Minster Glass was founded in the Victorian heyday of stained glass making, and when the vicar of the local church asks Fran and her father’s assistant Zac to restore a shattered angel window, her research into the window’s origins amongst her father’s papers uncovers a fascinating and moving love story from the Victorian past that resonates in her own life.
And as she makes a new life for herself in London she discovers that, if you know where to look, there are angels all around.


  • Shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Romantic Novel of the Year 2010.
  • The novel has to date been translated into Italian (La Figlia del Decoratore), Polish, Turkish and Latvian.
  • In a Guardian article on book titles, one commenter takes umbrage with this trend of naming novels:

    …I’m especially sick of the number of titles along the lines of “The Someone-or-other’s Daughter.” For some reason there has been a plethora of novels (especially in the last decade) that use this tired old title-template.

    The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. The Heretic’s Daughter. The Glass Painter’s Daughter. The Villain’s Daughter. The Alchemist’s Daughter. Even ‘The Firework-maker’s Daughter’ (shame on you Philip Pullman). *

    Why must all these female title characters be defined in relation to one of their parents (pretty much always their father.) Why can’t they have their own identity?

    *The above are a random selection from the first couple of pages of results on Amazon, search term “daughter.”Interestingly, run the same search for son and you hit nothing similar for several pages. I gave up looking for one to fit the template after the seventh page of results.

  • I don’t agree! The title alone of The Glass Painter’s Daughter would make me pick it up at the bookstore or click on the cover whilst browsing online.

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Polish jacket


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