The Improbability of Love

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Bloomsbury, 2015 - Art dealers - 404 pages
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Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected second-hand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two, only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece. But every painting has a story - and if it could speak, what would it tell us? For Annie has stumbled across 'The Improbability of Love', a lost masterpiece by Antoine Watteau, one of the most influential French painters of the eighteenth century. Soon Annie is drawn unwillingly into the art world, and finds herself pursued by a host of interested parties that would do anything to possess her picture.

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User Review  - Bookoholic73 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book! I like the multi-layers and thought the plot was original and captivating. I particularly liked that there was more than met the eye, possibly particularly when it came to ... Read full review

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A number of people head for an art auction to bid on one particular painting which recently had been discovered and brought to light. As we meet each person we learn their different reasons for ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Hannah Rothschild was born on May 22, 1962. She is a documentary film director. Her work includes Frank Auerbach, Walter Sickert, R. B. Kitaj. Relative Values, The Great Picture Chase, The Jazz Baroness, High Society, Mandelson: the Real PM?, and The Baroness: The Search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild. She is a Philanthropist and serves as a trustee of the National Gallery in London, liaison trustee for the Tate Gallery, first woman to chair the National Gallery's board, and also a trustee of The Rothschild Foundation. She is also a co-founder of the charity Artists on Film. Her debut novel is The Improbability of Love.

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