Fish See Water

A Treatise on Gilding

By John Brass

Published by Mallet Press, Oxford

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‘When it came, with its beautiful cover, a note to John Brass to acknowledge its arrival expressed surprise at finding that it is a 400-page novel. When there is pleasure, reading becomes easier. As the book progresses, from the point of view of its language and style, as the meticulousness with which the author engages with the craft of writing relaxes, reading becomes enjoyable. It is a book that is worth perseverance for these and yet more reasons. ’
Charles Verey
Book Description

Existence is change, submission to it is life…

Through the works of two of the finest intellects from the mediaeval era, Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) and Muhyiddin ibn al-‘Arabi (1165-1240), a conservator comes to understand the changes he has to make in facing himself so he is able to restore a 14th century Sienese renaissance masterpiece of The Annunciation… one that is not what it seems.

Does the restorer restore? Or, does the restoration restore the restorer? Tales of selflessness and heroism from Peru to Constantinople drift through the refined settings of an enigmatic country house while the conservator works on. Then an unexpected and astonishing configuration begins to reveal itself, throwing all those present into awed perplexity.

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