The Telegraph Journal:
The Ghost Brush tells the life story of Oei, the daughter of the great Japanese printmaker Hokusai, who goes on to develop her own artistic mastery. Although remarkable talent and opportunity mark her life, so does the shadow of her prestigious father.
While setting and character may have been daunting, with The Ghost Brush Govier returns to the two themes she has spent her career writing about - artists and women's place in history. She also has written non-fiction work on Japan and her last novel Three Views of Crystal Water is partially set in Japan.