An Equal Stillness

Tom Goodman-hill reads Francesca Kay's story of a painter's lifelong struggle to balance her vocation with her life as a lover, wife, daughter and mother.

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01*20090209

Jennet Mallow, born in 1924 in a Yorkshire vicarage, begins to find her vocation and rejects an academic future.

02*20090210

David Heaton enters Jennet's life.

Will a love affair with another painter foster Jennet's own talent?

03*20090211

A shotgun marriage to David Heaton has not brought the happiness that Jennet sought.

Moving from London to a Spanish village offers both young artists a fresh start.

04*20090212

Jennet has blossomed in Spain, but her happiness is marred by David's depression and drinking.

How can she serve the children, and her marriage, best?

Jennet has blossomed in Spain, but her happiness is marred by David's depression.

05*20090213

Returning to England, with little money and an unreliable husband, Jennet realises that their future lies in her hands.

Returning to England with little money, Jennet realises that the future lies in her hands.

06*20090216

Jennet completes the frescos at Mount Street and takes her family to Cornwall on the proceeds.

On the beach, surrounded by her children, a more contented David and her friends, she is at peace - but for how long?

Jennet completes the frescos at Mount Street and takes her family to Cornwall.

07*20090217

Finally in a position to secure her future, and that of the children, Jennet finds a wreck of a house by the banks of the Thames to renovate.

In her studio the river's watery light begins to make its way into her painting.

International recognition brings an invitation to represent Britain's young artists at the Venice Biennale, but where does that leave David?

Finally in a position to secure her future, Jennet buys a house by the banks of the Thames

08*20090218

Betrayal on both sides has irrevocably damaged the already fragile Heaton marriage.

In a moment of rashness, Jennet dares all with David.

0920090219

Jennet discovers that she is carrying a child - but whose? It is time to start over, but nothing can prepare her for the way events will turn out and nothing will assuage her guilt.

Jennet discovers that she is carrying a child - but whose?

10 LAST*20090220

Jennet gradually finds a way to move forward and leave the pain of the past behind.

Under the over-arching skies of her native Yorkshire, she paints her finest work yet.