The War Artist.

Cleary, Simon.

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This splendid novel is not only timely, it is a compelling read about the legacy of war. When a young soldier is killed in Afghanistan, Brigadier James Phelan is traumatised by the tragedy. A young tattooist in Sydney inks him with a permanent tribute to the dead soldier and she changes Phelan’s life in a way he does not expect. Many years later Kira re-enters his life, on the run from her past, and caring for a young boy. Together they make peace with their lives.


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When Brigadier James Phelan returns from Afghanistan with the body of a young soldier killed under his command, he is traumatised by the tragedy. An encounter with young Sydney tattoo artist Kira leaves him with a permanent tribute to the soldier, but it is a meeting that will change the course of his life. What he isn't expecting is a campaign of retribution from the soldiers who blame him for the ambush and threaten his career. With his marriage also on the brink, his life spirals out of control. Years later, Phelan is surprised when Kira re-enters his life seeking refuge from her own troubles and with a young son in tow. She finds a way to help him make peace with his past, but she is still on the run from her own. The War Artist is a timely and compelling novel about the legacy of war, the power of art and the possibility of redemption.

Book Details

Author Cleary, Simon.
Format PB
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Imprint University of Queensland Press
Number of Pages 304
Publish Date 5/03/2019
Catalogue Jul19
Catalogue book number 7030