Born 100 years ago, surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington only died in 2011, making her a fascinating link to a long-gone world.
Journalist Joanna Moorhead is Carrington's cousin and befriended her in her final years, enabling a unique perspective for this biography-cum-memoir.
Where art historians have often presented Carrington's family as an undifferentiated mass of conventional disapproval, Moorhead's intimate familiarity with the background enables her to tease out informative specifics, especially as regards the mother-daughter relationship. Carrington's amazing life and times are brought here to vivid life - this was a woman who knew Picasso, fled the Nazis and was obliged to go on the run once again in her fifties.
However, Moorhead is careful to establish her as not merely interesting by association, but a significant figure in her own right.
This uniquely personal insight into the writer and painter makes for a fascinating read.