One Woman Show

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MARIE CLAIRE BEST BOOKS OF 2023

'Funny, clever and unexpectedly profound - I couldn't put it down' Helena Attlee


'It is remarkable how much information she can convey about Kitty's life . . . solely using wall labels' Independent


Prized, collected, critiqued. One Woman Show revolves around the life of Kitty Whitaker as she is defined by her potential for display and moved from collection to collection through multiple marriages. Christine Coulson, who has written hundreds of exhibition wall labels for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, precisely distils each stage of Kitty's sprawling life into that distinct format, every brief snapshot in time a wry reflection on womanhood, ownership, value and power.

Described with wit, poignancy and humour over the course of the twentieth century, Kitty emerges as an eccentric heroine who disrupts her privileged, porcelain life with both major force and minor transgressions. As human foibles propel each delicately crafted text, Coulson playfully asks: who really gets to tell our stories?

'Heartbreaking and funny . . . truly masterful and patient and insane, in the best way' Leanne Shapton

'Wry, humorous, poignant' Spectator

Book information

ISBN: 9780241659908
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Particular Books
Pub date:
Edition: Hardback original
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 488g
Height: 248mm
Width: 236mm
Spine width: 25mm