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.
“An enriching and witty novel.”
“הספר מומלץ במיוחד לשוחרי האומנות, הבישול והספרות היפה ולכל מי שמחפש ספר יוצא דופן להתמסר אליו בתקופת החגים.”
“Enormously readable…Energetic, clever, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and serious…with a romance, at least one mystery, even some thriller elements.”
“[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 concocte...
“[A] romp through the art world . . . [Rothschild] understands how great art humanises . . . her writing shows brain as well as a heart.”
“An opulently detailed, suspensefully plotted, shrewdly witty novel of decadence, crimes ordinary and genocidal, and improbable love . . . [Rothschild] is a dazzling omniscient narrator giving voic...
“The Improbability of Love is a thrilling, witty, enriching and humorous best seller.”
“The Improbability of Love successfully weaves comedy, drama and suspense into a witty and complete work of art.”