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The Improbability of Love

Shortlisted For The Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction 2016

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WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION 2016
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016
A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK
When lovelorn Annie McDee stumbles across a dirty painting in a junk shop while looking for a present for an unsuitable man, she has no idea what she has discovered. Soon she finds herself drawn unwillingly into the tumultuous London art world, populated by exiled Russian oligarchs, avaricious Sheikas, desperate auctioneers and unscrupulous dealers, all scheming to get their hands on her painting - a lost eighteenth-century masterpiece called 'The Improbability of Love'. Delving into the painting's past, Annie will uncover not just an illustrious list of former owners, but some of the darkest secrets of European history - and in doing so she might just learn to open up to the possibility of falling in love again.
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A deliciously wicked satire ... It's exquisitely written, shimmering with eye-catching detail, whether describing works of art or the dishes on display at an extravagant banquet. Beneath all that, there's a serious debate about the value we put on things - whether it's art or relationships - and the prices we're prepared to pay. A masterpiece Daily Mail
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Hannah Rothschild ist Regisseurin zahlreicher BBC-Dokumentarfilme und Reporterin, u.a. für "Vanity Fair", "The Times" oder "New York Times". Zudem arbeitet sie als Senior Editor at Large für Harpers Bazaar. Ihre Dokumentation über ihre Großtante Nica Rothschild unter dem Titel "The Jazz Baroness" wurde von der Kritik gefeiert - für Stephen Frears ist der Film "schlicht brilliant". Hannah Rothschild lebt in London.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 496
Erscheinungsdatum 01.03.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4088-6247-6
Verlag Bloomsbury Academic
Maße (L/B/H) 198/126/35 mm
Gewicht 347
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The Improbability of Love
von miss.mesmerized am 23.04.2016

Looking for a birthday present for her current lover, Annie McDee discovers an interesting painting in a junk shop. Only shortly after she find herself amidst the art scene where opposing opinions tell her that she either bought rubbish or one of the most interesting and long-searched works of... Looking for a birthday present for her current lover, Annie McDee discovers an interesting painting in a junk shop. Only shortly after she find herself amidst the art scene where opposing opinions tell her that she either bought rubbish or one of the most interesting and long-searched works of art. Unsuspectingly, her finding also leads to a serious family crisis and the discovery of a well-kept secret which shakes the world not only of several individuals but also the whole art world. Admittedly I thought – due to the title – that the novel would be a rather light love story connected to art somehow. Yet, it is the complete opposite. We find complex characters who struggle in their lives with complicated family relationships, diverging feelings of independence and duties, and who are always searching for love. In the centre are two strong female characters lacking love and acceptance from their respective parents who are shown at a crucial moment of their life where they have to decide if they take revenge for the love denied or if blood just is thicker than water. The art scene was also very well depicted, you get a clear picture of the people involved and too me it seemed very realistic and believable. All in all, a wonderful and interesting story which I can strongly recommend to read.

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