The Gun Room


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Bloomsbury USA
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5.7 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Georgina Harding is the author of three novels--The Solitude of Thomas Cave, The Spy Game, which was a BBC Book at Bedtime and shortlisted for an Encore Award, and, most recently, Painter of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012--and two works of non-fiction, In Another Europe and Tranquebar A Season in South India. She lives in London and on a farm in Essex.


"Told in a gracefully quiet tone reminiscent of D.H. Lawrence--simple, descriptive, cool on the surface, churning with emotion below . . . with astute Susan Sontag-like ruminations on photography, viewer and subject, memory and responsibility . . . With a self-effacing tenderness, Harding brings her understated story to a powerful, emotional end. A haunting, subtle inquiry into complex and difficult matters." - Kirkus Reviews

"Harding's novel is the finely tuned work of a writer exceptionally at ease with her craft and a testament to the power and poetry of clean and disciplined prose . . . The Gun Room focuses minutely on one man and in doing so it tells a deep history of the many men who, having seen war, struggle to be anything but soldiers." - Guardian

"A powerful exposition about the struggle to bear witness to a spectrum of experiences, especially the experience of war." - Library Journal

"Poignant . . . Notable historical fiction containing intense beauty, surrealistic pain, and revealing perception!" - Historical Novel Society

"In delicate, hypnotic prose, Harding describes the devastating effects of war and the trauma of bearing witness." - Sunday Express

"A captivating, superbly written novel about the impossibility of escaping from the past." - Mail on Sunday

"Graceful and considered . . . The dreamlike quality is heightened by Harding's sharply observed prose, conjuring up with great intensity the claggy English fields, Vietnam's pockmarked delta and Tokyo's ordered suburbs . . . As befits a writer adept at carefully cropped scenes, Harding has the measure of photography. The novel plays with its ability to captivate, shock, inform and misdirect." - Sunday Telegraph

"Frankly glorious . . . a nearly stream-of-consciousness prose-poem immersion that is engaging and chilling, overwhelming the reader with the rush and confusion of Jonathan's experience." - The Brooklyn Rail

"[An] accomplished work of fiction." - New York Times Book Review, on PAINTER OF SILENCE

"The novel's magic lies in Harding's poignant but unsentimental portrayal of people who face such losses and yet find a kind of wholeness." - O, The Oprah Magazine, on PAINTER OF SILENCE

"Harding writes with exquisite restraint . . . Her deceptively simple prose gives a startling beauty to the ordinary, and evokes great depth of suffering." - The Guardian on PAINTER OF SILENCE

"At once delicate and sweeping . . . A novel about the passage of time, the senselessness of war, and the need to find and preserve meaning, this is a richly satisfying read." - Daily Mail on PAINTER OF SILENCE