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Museum Book Club – Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

May 22, 2013

Tuesday 28 May 2013, 5.30-6.30pm

Meet people and discuss books inspired by the museum’s new Nature’s Library gallery. This month’s book is ‘Tulip Fever’ by Deborah Moggach.

Set in 17th Century Amsterdam, Tulip Fever refers to the volatile market for tulips as investments developed during a period of great economic, political, and cultural growth. Ageing flower merchant Cornelius Sandvoort is devoted to his young wife Sophia, with whom he yearns to produce an heir for his considerable fortune. Surrounded by symbols of his success, Cornelius commissions a portrait of himself and Sophia by talented young artist Jan van Loos. As Sophia’s likeness unfolds on canvas, a passion begins to stir between the artist and his female subject.

Tulip Fever tells the story of Sophia and Jan’s forbidden romance, whose reckless lust for one another breeds an intricate web of deception and leads to unexpected consequences.

In the Museum’s Herbarium there are a number of preserved tulips and detailed illustrations of tulips, which will be on show for the event.

Book on: 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk

Adults, Free

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