Rachel Hore – The Glass Painter’s Daughter
- Rachel Hore
- The Glass Painter’s Daughter
- Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)
- Publication date:
- April 2009
- To be added
- 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.