Helen Humphreys' novel was inspired by the life of British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Afterimage won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2000.

Helen Humphreys

Inspired by the life of Julia Margaret Cameron, Afterimage is the bold and provocative story of Annie Phelan, a maid in the home of Isabel and Eldon Dashell. Isabel is experimenting with the new medium of photography, and is inspired by Annie, who becomes her muse. The two form a close relationship, but when Eldon devises his own plans for the young maid, Annie nearly loses herself, until disaster reveals her power over the Dashells' work and hearts. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Afterimage won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2000.

From the book

All the long journey down from London, Annie has imagined this walk, has imagined that the lane to the house will be rutted and dusty, that the house will suddenly appear as she rounds a bend, that it will be magnificent and stately. Perhaps a little decrepit. Like Thornfield Hall, she had thought in the coach. She has recently finished Jane Eyre again and this is how she imagines a country estate.

From Afterimage by Helen Humphreys ©2000. Published by HarperCollins Canada.