Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast

Clare Peake Clare Penate


Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast

Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast

  • Title: Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast
  • Author: Clare Peake Clare Penate
  • ISBN: 9781849015110
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover



Clare Peake, daughter of the celebrated writer and artist Mervyn Peake, tells the story of her parents romance and her own extraordinary childhood.Mervyn Peake was born in China, the son of medical missionaries After returning to England to study at the Royal Academy School, he was offered a teaching post at Westminster School of Art There, his charismatic and unworldlyClare Peake, daughter of the celebrated writer and artist Mervyn Peake, tells the story of her parents romance and her own extraordinary childhood.Mervyn Peake was born in China, the son of medical missionaries After returning to England to study at the Royal Academy School, he was offered a teaching post at Westminster School of Art There, his charismatic and unworldly presence made a huge impression not least on Maeve Gil, a seventeen year old sculpture student The pair fell passionately in love and were soon married, going on to have three children together.The Peakes surrounded their children with creativity, love and laughter Clare would often fall asleep to the voices of many of the artists and writers of the day great friends of Maeve and Mervyn s and frequent visitors at the family home.Their lives were forever changed when Mervyn developed Parkinson s disease at the age of forty five His decline was rapid and he spent time in and out of mental hospitals until his untimely death.Clare Peake writes movingly of her bohemian childhood and the impact of her father s illness, and of her mother s determination to continue giving her children the happiness she believed all children deserved.


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The youngest child of Mervyn Peake (author of the Titus Groan/Gormenghast books, as well as being an artist) and Maeve Gilmore describes her bohemian childhood and teenage years in 60s London. Although Clare is always keen to stress how happy and loved she was, the pain of her father's rapid mental decline is, at times, dreadful to read. It throws some light on him and his works, but as she was only seven when he changed, never to recover, she is limited in the insight she can give, having to re [...]

I don't know if those who haven't read Mervyn Peake will like this or not, but for fans of Peake's work, this is a fascinating memoir of Peake the family man and Parkinson's sufferer. But the real star of the book is his wife/widow, Maeve Gilmore, who survived him by 15 years.

Beautifully nostalgigic and tragic, this is the autobiography of Mervyn Peake's (author of the Gormanghast trilogy) youngest child. However, Peake features increasingly less in the story as he drifts from the family due to his illness. Clare was still young when he died and so the story slides into Clare's young adult life, until an all most jolted ending. A brilliant insight into the Peake family life, but don't expect Mervyn to take centre stage.


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