The Book of Rachel and the Eiffel Tower

I read a question awhile back by a reader who asked why do so many recent novels have scenes of hair being tucked behind ears? I have noticed the even more pervasive phenomena of the name of Rachel in many new books.

The most popular one being The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, but I have found the name other books I have come across: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry, Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn, The Forever Summer by Jamie Benner, What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan, and two books with similar titles: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley with the character of a child Rachel, and After the Fall by Kate Hart with the character Raychel.

Maybe I should also we checking out books with “fell and falling” in the title…..

What timing for the new movie version of My Cousin Rachel.

As you have seen, I am interested in book cover trends. There have been many books with the Eiffel Tower on the cover http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/31064.Eiffel_Tower_on_the_Cover.

Recently another batch has appeared. You Will Not Have My Hate, The Afterlife of Stars, The Nightingale, To Capture What We Cannot Keep.

youwillnothavemyhate stars nightingale capture

 

 

James Collinson

Speaking of James Collinson, some new images have popped up on the web the past few years. The most interesting is a supposed self-portrait and one of his wife Elizabeth. I hope these will be studied for authenticity because we do not have a portrait of Collinson. Jan Marsh mentions one self-portrait made in his youth but I have yet to see a reproduction of this.

James & Eliza Collinson
James & Eliza Collinson
Sisters
Sisters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Ford
Mrs. Ford

 

 

 

Collinson deserves serious study and a catalog raisonne┬┤.

 

 

 

 

 

By his subjects and style he is more closely related to Frank Stone and William Powell Frith than the Pre-Raphaelites. His Solice for an Invalid follows in the tradition of Frith’s Sherry, Sir.

Solice for an Invalid
Solice for an Invalid
Sherry, Sir - William Powell Frith
Sherry, Sir – William Powell Frith