The Improbability of Love
WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION 2016
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016
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.
"The Improbability of Love successfully weaves comedy, drama and suspense into a witty and complete work of art."
Ran Bin-Noon, Yedioth Aharonot
"The Improbability of Love is a thrilling, witty, enriching and humorous best seller."
Illit Krep, Haaretz
“An opulently detailed, suspensefully plotted, shrewdly witty novel of decadence, crimes ordinary and genocidal, and improbable love . . . [Rothschild] is a dazzling omniscient narrator giving voice to an irresistible cast of reprobates and heroes . . . [in] a capacious and fluently knowledgeable tale that excoriates with mischievously satirical intent the viciously competitive world of high-stakes art collecting.”
Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
“[A] romp through the art world . . . [Rothschild] understands how great art humanises . . . her writing shows brain as well as a heart.”
“[A] clever, funny, beguiling and wholly humane romance . . . Hannah Rothschild's first novel is a meditation on both great art and human passion, and as such reads like a confection concocted by Anita Brookner and Judith Krantz . . . Part of the novel's charm is that its characters, rich or poor, are all a mixture of frailties . . . Rothschild understands the dance between art and mammon.. . . Her imagined painting of a fête galante by the greatest artist of the Rococo is as scholarly, passionate and enticing as her portrait of the fabulously wealthy, largely philistine and possibly criminal, bunch that pursues it is not.”
Amanda Craig, The Independent
"Enormously readable...Energetic, clever, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and serious...with a romance, at least one mystery, even some thriller elements."
"Highly recommended for lovers of art, cooking and good literature."
Carolyn Zeroni, "Tapuz"
"An enriching and witty novel."
Amit Shohat, "Bamaneh"
Hannah Rothschild interview.
Neta Halperin, "Yisrael Hayom"