Author of The Reading Cure 'will shine a light on a thrilling moment in British art history'
Cape has signed Laura Freeman's Ways of Life: Jim Ede and the Kettle’s Yard Artists. Bea Hemming, acting Cape publishing director, bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the book from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit. Cape will publish in 2022.
Freeman, author of the acclaimed The Reading Cure, will use the biography of Jim Ede, the founder of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, to explore the lives of the artists he championed: Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Henry Moore, Christopher Wood, Barbara Hepworth, David Jones, Alfred Wallis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. "Not all of these artists knew each other, though some did, often intimately - Ben and Winifred Nicholson were married, before Ben left Winifred for Barbara Hepworth. They weren't a set like the Bloomsbury Set, or Ravilious and his friends. But Jim Ede saw in each of the artists he nurtured, guided and inspired something common and kindred, some quality of light and line and life."
Freeman said: "Twelve years after a first freshers' week visit to Kettle's Yard, when I fell in love with the house and its remarkable collection, I am thrilled to be writing a life of Jim Ede and the Kettle's Yard artists... Jim was a man of extraordinary energies: a collector, a dealer, a fixer, a critic, and, above all, a friend to artists. He had a fine eye and an open, curious mind. I hope to bring Jim Ede to life and to inspire readers to discover the rare character and beauty of Kettle’s Yard."
Hemming said: "I'm enormously excited to be publishing this book at Cape, which will shine a light on a thrilling moment in British art history. It's the book Laura was born to write and the perfect subject to display her exceptional talents as a writer, art critic and researcher."