[E-Book] À Free Read ☆ Skin Deep : by LauraWilkinson ✓ #2020

  • Title: Skin Deep
  • Author: LauraWilkinson
  • ISBN: 9781783758678
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback

  • Skin Deep By LauraWilkinson It s what s inside that counts Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.Facially disfigured four year old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too AIt s what s inside that countsArt student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.Facially disfigured four year old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too A chance encounter changes everything and Cal becomes Diana s muse But as Diana s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what s on the outside counts for so much
    Laura Wilkinson grew up in a Welsh market town and now lives in Brighton with her husband and two boys Her novels Skin Deep, The Family Line, Public Battles, Private Wars and Redemption Song are published by award winning Welsh press, Accent What does all her work have in common Compelling stories, fascinating characters, and ideas that make you think a little At least she hopes so As well as writing fiction, she works as an editor mentor for literary consultancy, Cornerstones, and The Writing Coach Find out here laura wilkinson Or follow her on Twitter ScorpioScribble She loves to hear from readers.

    Skin Deep By LauraWilkinson


    Not my type of book,slow book.

    I received a free copy of this book from Accent Press in exchange for an honest review.Diana is an ex model used to being stared at for her beauty But she s finding it hard to make her way in the world of art and as an artist While at a party one night, Diana meets a young boy called Cal who was born with severe facial disfigurements Cal becomes Diana s muse but while she feels like she s helping him as he helps her with her work, she might actually be destroying him.This book ended up being a l [...]

    B. Fleetwood
    An interesting exploration of how looks affect our relationships and the attitude of others Set initially in Manchester, 1980s, the author takes a beautiful young art student, Diana, who is rebelling against a lifetime of abuse by her distant and uncaring mother Diana is desperate to make a name for herself in the art world, and prove she is than just a pretty face A chance meeting with a small child, Cal, born with extreme disfigurements and neglected by his drug addicted parents, spurs Diana [...]

    Tracy Terry
    Well It would seem Laura Wilkinson has done it again Honoured to have read and reviewed two of her other books both of which, like Skin Deep have relationships at their heart Both of which in their own way, like Skin Deep, proved to be very moving.A sort of modern day Beauty And The Beast though to be honest I m not altogether sure just which was which Whether it was Diana, art student and one time model who, though still able to turn heads, I found myself constantly questioning doubting whether [...]

    Judith Barrow
    I have previously read Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson and admired her writing style, so was looking forward to delving into her latest offering I wasn t disappointed, even though it is completely different from what I expected In a way it s a strange, almost uncomfortable tale, told in both present time and flashback But it is one I came to understand so many times we are judged by how we look and the author skilfully handles the characters they come to life slowly but surely as [...]

    Vicki Bowles
    Thank you to the publisher and author for the ARC I confirm this is an honest review.Appearance and acceptance are themes within this book, when we delve into the psyche of Diana Classically beautiful, she hates that her looks earned her or rather, her mother money when she was entered into beauty pageants She hated the feeling of being used.Heartbreaking circumstances lead to Diana adopting four year old Cal, whose face initially terrifies her, rescuing him from a lifetime of being hidden away [...]

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    All reviews can be found on my blog at thewritinggarnet.wordpressDo you remember, as a child, constantly being told that beauty is in the eye of the beholder , or it s what s inside that counts , or beauty is only skin deep I remember getting told them SO many times I would always pfft every time I heard those phrases, especially if someone is nasty about your looks, it s because they are jealous Reaaalllyyy Take a moment and think back to your childhood were you ever told those phrases If you r [...]

    Sara Gethin
    I loved Skin Deep It s been beautifully and skilfully crafted, and Wilkinson s style reminded me of Rose Tremain and Colm T ib n s wonderful writing I instantly felt comfortable with Wilkinson s unfussy style of prose, even though the subject matter constantly made me question my own views about appearance and the value society places on it Because of the sense of unease that underlies the story, this novel made for uncomfortable yet addictive reading I suspect this was exactly the reaction the [...]

    Beauty is only skin deep External attractiveness has no relation to goodness or essential quality This maxim was first stated by Sir Thomas Overbury in his poem A Wife 1613 All the carnall beauty of my wife is but skin deep Most of us will agree that indeed, beauty is only skin deep, and that a person s character is important than how they look I also expect that whilst most of us believe that, many of us are guilty of judging a person by how they look, and expecting their character to reflect [...]

    Sonya Alford
    I voluntarily received an ARC in return for an honest review.You would think that it s what s inside that counts wouldn t you But unfortunately that s not always the case Diana, a former child model is studying art She has always been admired for her beauty but her good looks are of no use to her Diana wants her artwork to shine instead Insecure and desperate for some inspiration, she needs something to help her focus.Four year old Cal is facially disfigured and lives a life where he is mostly h [...]

    Linda Hill
    Diana has had an emotionally abused childhood, but has she learnt from her experiences Not having read anything by Laura Wilkinson before, I had no idea what to expect from Skin Deep and hadn t even looked at the genre and blurb as I began Wow I was sucked into the narrative by the fabulous quality of the writing from the very first word.Skin Deep is a gripping social commentary on what makes us who we are, on society s demands for us to conform physically and on the way we can manipulate others [...]

    Skin Deep is a very thoughtful novel looking at whether beauty is just Skin Deep or whether what lies beneath is most important Diana is a former model, pushed into modelling by her mother Bunny She has never enjoyed being stared at and judged by her good looks and is desperate to be valued for her talent She is also a talented artist, though this is not valued at all by her mother, and longs to be respected for her art as much as her looks See, I am than a pretty face Look at me Look at all of [...]

    Shirley Golden
    This is the fourth novel written by Laura Wilkinson that I ve read, and for me, it is her most accomplished work to date Skin Deep is a take on how we are shaped by our parents treatment, how we are judged by appearance, and how validation by others is often how we measure ourselves rightly or wrongly.It is certainly no happily ever after tale, and sometimes makes for uncomfortable reading, but this is its strength Diana is a flawed and therefore, highly believable character Cal is the boy who g [...]

    Jo Barton
    Former model, Diana is a young art student when she first meets four year old Cal who is locked away in his own private world, hidden from view by his drug addled parents because of a facial disfigurement Diana finds inspiration for her art in Cal and using him as her muse, she not only produces some spectacular artwork but she also fall in love with Cal.As Diana and Cal s lives intertwine we find some comfort in that two quite damaged souls are able to find some sort of resolution with each oth [...]

    Sandra Danby
    Skin Deep by Laura Wilkinson is a thoughtful, difficult book to read about modern day notions of beauty, ugliness and society s fascination with appearance At times it made me feel uncomfortable It is the sort of book which you find yourself thinking about long after you have finished reading it It will make you think about your own attitudes to others, do you unconsciously leap to judgement based on their outward appearance, and how much do you worry about your own looks Hulme, Manchester, 1984 [...]

    Julie-ann Corrigan
    A superlative readSkin Deep is a great read An excellently crafted tale and so very well written.For me, it was Cal s voice which really sucked me in he is so perfectly drawn I won t go into plot detail as it would give too many spoilers.Read the book and become drawn into Cal s world, and Diana s a flawed and very real heroine whose story is as tragic as Cal s in many ways.As usual I ve read all of Laura s books , the supporting cast is fantastic, I particularly liked Alan.Very highly recommend [...]

    Misfits farm
    A former model is working towards her degree show in art A subject her parents despise as not being a proper subject Whilst there she forms an attachment to the son of some friends Friends who are slightly dodgy to say the least but Cal she can t help but love Cal becomes Diana s muse and all her work is inspired by him and his uniqueness The characterisations in this are the mainstay of the book and done very eloquently The beauty and the beast and how the world around them treats them People d [...]

    A thought provoking beautifully executed story.The concept of this book intrigued me as I ve been concerned for a long time about society s obsession with perfection and how people with any sort of disability or deformity are treated Laura is a talented writer and she drew me in right away with her fascinating characters, vivid description and the complex relationship between Diana, the beautiful former model and the four year old deformed Cal, who she loves and protects but then exploits in her [...]

    I was drawn to this book by its title This book was a real breath of fresh air, and it involves a lot of complex characters whose lives collide and become entwined I found this book really thought provoking, and whilst it was sad how certain people choose to live their lives in a drug fuelled fog, it was also a real eye opener There are lots of dynamics to this book, and it held me all the way through I thoroughly recommend this book, as it is not your average story It shows how we need certain [...]

    Katharine Johnson
    A powerful, haunting and perfectly structured story about a boy with a facial disfigurement who becomes the muse of a young art student whose past as a model made her miserable The characters are complex and compelling, the setting of 1980s Manchester feels very authentic and the ending works beautifully

    I enjoyed this book although at times it was a difficult read, in spite of this I couldn t put it down Diana is an art student who is not doing very well until a chance encounter with facially disfigured, 4 year old Cal He provides her with inspiration as her muse, and over a period of time she gains an excellent income from her paintings Despite her love for Cal, I did feel she was using him and that made it uncomfortable reading at times.Overall a very well written book and a well deserved 4 s [...]

    Asimah Akhtar
    The synopsis of this book really caught my attention, as the subject matter of appearance is always a topic that is often discussed by many Diana is a struggling art student who lacks inspiration, however a chance encounter with young Cal helps her with the inspiration she lacks Due to Diana s childhood, where her mother forced her to take part in beauty pageants, Diana wishes to be free of the notion that she is only beautiful on the outside Cal was born with a disfigurement Diana uses her beau [...]

    Sarah Roadley
    I really enjoyed this book, it was totally different to all the other books I have read recently I found my sympathies towards each character changing throughout the book Characterisation was fantastic.Overall a really good read

    Karen Farrow
    This book surprised me in many ways Being a Mancunian I loved its setting and grew up in the era it was set so it brought back many memories I struggled with the relationships and friendships portrayed in the book and they often made me incredibly uncomfortable I felt that the manner in which Diana became Legal Guardian of Cal was very far fetched and somewhat unbelievable Their relationship was very uncomfortable to read about and almost bordering on abusive as I felt Cal was used throughout hi [...]

    Firstly the blurb for Skin Deep is brilliant I found it impossible to not be drawn in and really teases the story well I was eager to read this book the moment I read the blurb Normally I read them once and forget all about them by the time I start the book, but this one I couldn t get off of my mind and this had me starting Skin Deep a lot earlier than I had planned Skin Deep is the story of Diana and Cal and what it feels like in a world where everyone is already judging you, where appearances [...]

    Juliet Bookliterati
    Skin Deep is a powerful, if at times a difficult read The main plot line deals with the question of what makes people beautiful In todays society where our lives are documented on social media, and the importance of the selfie it really captures the zeitgeist of the period The narrative goes between Diana and Cal and their lives Diana s story follows her from the 1980 s to the present day, from a student to a renowned artist Cal s story is told from a hospital bed where he is recovering from a c [...]

    An intriguing story which explores the depths of the true human beauty and strengths.What s beauty What s ugly, exactly What makes us, well, truly beautiful Diana is an ex model who ends up in Manchester to attend Art college and there finds her call.Cal is a little boy segregated in a dark, moldy room by his very parents, the reason being his monstrous appearance.Diana meets Cal almost accidentally, and it is as if her inner muse is stricken by a lightening Might be Cal the subject she was look [...]

    Erinna Mettler
    I have enjoyed all of Laura Wilkinson s books but this is the best yet She always manages to find a new way of looking at the world Here we are transported back to 1980s Manchester and anyone who was there will be carried on a tide of nostalgia Beauty is skin deep and when ex model and art student Diana and facially disfigured child Cal meet in a tower block slum a new family is born That family turns out to be pretty dysfunctional as Diana exploits Cal in the name of art and Cal struggles to fi [...]

    Loraine Holland
    An interesting look at how people choose to live their lives and how they view others A thought provoking book where phrases to do with looks pop into ones head Beauty is in the eye of the beholder We all view people and beauty differently and this novel shows this remarkably well with Cal a disfigured child who is locked away by his parents because of his looks and yet Diana eventually sees past this and grows to love him whilst using him as inspiration for her creations.Highly recommend this n [...]

    Sian Steen
    This wasn t a terrible book, not by any stretch of the imagination However I did enjoy the first half a lot than the second I also found it jumped around quite a lot, and without any dates put to any of the chapters it was quite difficult to follow The characters were interesting and well developed though, and the writing was good I would have liked a bit of an ending found it finishing a bit abruptly.

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