Joanna's recent work on books has increasingly become centred around her growing interest in women in the history of art: notably Leonora Carrington but also research into the parts played by women in the Renaissance.

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) in the meantime Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she now lived, while her paintings are fetching ever-higher prices at auction today.

Surreal Spaces

In this remarkable book, illustrated with previously unseen photographs and filled with personal anecdotes from the artist, her cousin Joanna Moorhead traces Carrington’s footsteps, vividly exploring the artist’s life and art, loves and friendships, as she takes readers on a journey through pivotal locations across Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the US, and finally, Mexico, where Leonora lived for more than 60 years.

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(c) Joanna Moorhead 2017, 2023, 2024