February Book Club

Our February book of the month is Whitney Scharer’s debut novel The Age of Light. The photographer Lee Miller led such an extraordinary life that we are surprised that she has not been the subject of a novel before. Kate Winslet has been slated to play the twentieth century icon in a new film of her life but before that, we have Scharer’s brilliant novel. Set largely in 1930s Paris and charting Miller’s relationship with the photographer Man Ray and her emergence as an artist in her own right, it also flashes forwards to her career as a war correspondent and her marriage to ICA founder Roland Penrose. Scharer’s great skill is unearthing the woman behind her well-known image.

Please do read along with us, and we’ll be reviewing the book in our newsletter on Thursday 7 March 2019. We also have three copies of Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light to give away. For your chance to win a copy of the book, enter our competition below:


Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light
— Alex Peake-Tomkinson
6th February 2019