The Improbability of Love: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 (Hardback)
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The Improbability of Love: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 (Hardback)

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Published: 21/05/2015

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION 2016 A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK 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. For an exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious Sheika, a desperate auctioneer, an unscrupulous dealer and several others, the painting symbolises their greatest hopes and fears. In her search for the painting's true identity, Annie will uncover the darkest secrets of European history - and in doing so, she will learn more about herself, opening up to the possibility of falling in love again. Irreverent, witty and sharply sweet, The Improbability of Love explores the confusion and turmoil of life and the complexities of love, loss and hurt - revealing the lows to which human nature can stoop and the heights to which the soul can soar.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408862445
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 781 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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“An entertaining romp”

A poor, young woman finds a painting in a junk shop, which turns out to be a lost masterpiece of enormous value.
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“A Masterpiece to read about ... A Masterpiece to read!”

The cover did not appeal, it looked a bit light weight...
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“Another time, another world”

I bought this book after it was chosen by Elle as a great summer read and the Mail described it as 'A Masterpiece'. It is quite long and so I thought it would take some weeks to finish but I started it on a... More

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