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Fiction Book of the Month: The Improbability of Love

Fiction Book of the Month: The Improbability of Love

Our Fiction Book of the Month is Hannah Rothschild's Improbability of Love, a gloriously knowing novel of art, intrigue and love, in all its many forms.

Posted on 1st April 2016 by Peter Whitehead & Sally Campbell

The wonderfully multitalented Hannah Rothschild – filmmaker, company director and, amongst other institutional posts, Chair of the Trustees of the National Gallery – could hardly be better placed to pen a more gloriously knowing novel of art, intrigue and proper, bona fide love, in all its many forms.


The Improbability of Love is our April Fiction Book of the Month. Recalling all the social verve and invention of Evelyn Waugh, we breathlessly follow the perils of single, down-at-heel chef Annie McDee, who through the selfless purchase of a junk shop painting finds herself catapulted into a world of high art, big money and even bigger characters, all woven together by Rothschild’s nimble wit and deft observation.

Chris White (our all-seeing Fiction buyer) is in some real awe, feeling that if Michael Frayn ever strayed toward writing a Bridget Jones, the result might just be something like this. Barbara Trapido – author of the unmatchable Brother of the More Famous Jack, one of our literary benchmarks at Waterstones towers – has called it her ‘Book of the Year already.’ Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic’s Elizabeth Gilbert declared reading the novel ‘…a romp, a joy…Reading this book is like a raid on a high-end pastry shop.’

Now in paperback, and already longlisted for the 2016 Bailey's Women's Prize for FictionThe Improbability of Love stands ready to lift your April spirits. Like the Antoine Watteau painting at the heart of the tale, this is a priceless gem of a novel that brims with panache and romance.

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