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The Colour of Heaven

(2003)
A novel by

 
 
From the author of THE DISCOVERY OF CHOCOLATE -- a romantic historical quest set in Renaissance Venice and China surrounding the search for ultramarine. THE COLOUR OF HEAVEN is a fictional account of a young man who travelled to what are now Afghanistan and China to discover lapis lazuli, the precious stone that when turned into ultramarine changed the history of painting -- allowing artists to abandon gold as a background and open up depth, landscape and perspective with the most beautiful shade of blue. Along the way, Paolo suffers the torments of unfulfilled love before he returns to his anxious family in Venice, where he also plays a part in the early development of lenses and spectacles!

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

January 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Colour of Heaven
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 0-00-711986-0 / 978-0-00-711986-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

September 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Colour of Heaven
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 0-00-723527-5 / 978-0-00-723527-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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February 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Colour of Heaven
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 0-00-711987-9 / 978-0-00-711987-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Colour of Heaven
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 0-00-770559-X / 978-0-00-770559-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ted Smart
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Colour of Heaven
Author(s): James Runcie
Publisher: HarperCollins
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