Lynn Michell


In a career spanning over sixty years, Rosa has painted more than 600 paintings in the style of the Renaissance artists, partly as a tribute to her adored father, Clive Branson. Resilient and determined, Rosa rejected the expressionist styles taught at Camberwell and the Slade and faced gender discrimination and scorn as she embarked on a lonely path to learn the techniques of the Old Masters.

Written as fictionalised vignettes, this biography highlights Rosa’s formative early years. It captures the drama of a wartime childhood with communist parents in Battersea, wretched years as a student and a first marriage that ended in violence and madness. The story of Rosa’s life is intimate and immediate.

Illustrated with photos of paintings and Rosa’s home by Michael Shpakov.

Paperback publication date: March 10, 2021
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About this book

Lynn Michell has published sixteen books with mainstream and independent publishers. Non-fiction includes Write from the Start, an illustrated writing scheme for primary schools, the seminal Shattered: Life with ME based on interviews with thirty people with ME/CFS; and Shooting Stars are the Flying Fish of the Night about crossing the Atlantic in a sailing boat. She has written three novels: White Lies which was runner-up for the
Robert Louis Stevenson award, Run, Alice, Run and The Red Beach Hut. Lynn lives in the south of France.

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‘Magic! Such beautiful writing and scene setting. This is a wonderful way to tell a life, a wonderful way to bring Rosa to life.’
– Avril Joy, winner of the Costa and People’s Book Prize.

‘Over the many years I’ve known her, Rosa has talked about her life in bitesize pieces. To read the whole story is wonderful and rings absolutely true. This wonderful book captures Rosa’s great strength of character, her unquenchable passion to promote classical painting, her astonishing talent and her enormous generosity. It is a ‘must read’ for any aspiring artist and for anyone with ambitious dreams to fulfil.’
– Heath Rosselli, Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and co-founder of The Worlington Movement.

‘Lynn Michell has written a narrative which has the intimacy and power of memoir. ‘
– Ali Bacon, author of In the Blink of an Eye and A Kettle of Fish.

‘Lynn Michell writes with a novelist’s storytelling skills. From the moment you start reading, you want to know what happens next. I glanced into the book, and was hooked for the next several hours.’
– Brian Palmer, Copywriter /Printmaker

‘This captivating book tells Rosa’s story from birth to the present day. Lynn’s evident engagement with an artist’s breadth and depth is reflected in the warmth and precision of her prose. With its great story telling of extraordinary truths and its love for both artist and life, this is a book to warm both heart and mind.’
– Nick Dowson, author of North, Tracks of a Panda and Tigress.