The latest from Nicola Upson, author of the well-loved Josephine Tey crime series, is a historical novel set in a quiet Hampshire village just after the First World War. Artist Stanley Spencer is working on the commission of a lifetime when Elsie Munday arrives to take up position as housemaid to his family. Her life quickly becomes entwined with the charming and irascible Stanley, his artist wife Hilda and their daughter Shirin. As the years pass, Elsie does her best to keep the family together even when love, obsession and temptation seem set to tear them apart. Nicola will be chatting about the book with Stanley Spencer scholar Carolyn Leder.