Portrait of a Man

The soul-searching and heart-warming sequel to The Cornish Knot

Will the secrets of the past destroy an artist’s legacy?

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Matteo Borgoni is a desperate man. He must succeed if he is to free his beloved wife, held captive by her father in Melbourne. His picture framing skills establish him with the artists of Dunedin in 1863, but he has many doubts, and many more obstacles to overcome.

Fifty years on, Luciano, a rakish Italian portrait artist on the run from his past, turns up at the Invercargill branch of Borgoni Picture Framers seeking refuge. As the ravages of World War One escalate, fear is constant, but compassion brings unexpected consequences. A terrifying pandemic is the last thing they need.


Over a century later, a man recognises a portrait in an Auckland gallery, and demands it back. Amid another global pandemic, a marriage on the brink of failure, and a life and death struggle, the portrait exposes generations of family secrets and deceptions with life-changing results.

5-star ARC reader: Vicky Adin skilfully reveals a compelling mystery in the world of art, as actions from the past are mirrored in the present. Colourfully woven threads link 1860s Dunedin and Invercargill with present-day Auckland, all tied together by Luciano, the mysterious Italian lover from The Cornish Knot

Read my Interview about this release on Literary World with Kathryn Gauci


Released October 2020 – contact me for more information