The Portrait (Paperback)
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The Portrait (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 07/08/2006
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A dark and disturbing novel of suspense, set at the turn of the 20th century, by the bestselling author of `An Instance of the Fingerpost'.

The windswept isle of Houat, off the coast of Brittany, is no picturesque artists' colony. At the turn of the twentieth century, life is harsh and rustic. So why did Henry MacAlpine forsake London - where he had been feted by critics and gallery owners, his works exhibited alongside the likes of Cezanne and Van Gogh - to make his home in this remote outpost?

The truth begins to emerge when, four years into his exile, MacAlpine receives his first visitor. Influential art critic William Naysmith has come to the island to sit for a portrait. Over the course of the sitting, the power balance between the two men shifts dramatically as the critic whose pen could anoint or destroy careers becomes a passive subject. And as the painter struggles to capture Nasmith's true character on canvas, a story unfolds - one of betrayal, hypocrisy, forbidden love, suicide and ultimately murder.

`The Portrait' is a darkly atmospheric, psychologically complex, macabre and chilling novel from a master storyteller.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007232819
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`A wonderful, grimly entertaining novel.' Sunday Telegraph

`A revenge fantasy to relish.' Independent on Sunday

`Genuinely creepy.' The Times

`A tense tale of revenge, where the creative bites the critical back.' Observer

`An exquisite miniature that explores the roles of artist and critic with wit and gore.' Evening Standard

`This is an atmospheric tour de force of historical writing, as it is of narrative skill.' Independent

`Illicit love, betrayal and murder darken the pages of this atmospheric disquisition on the art world.' Daily Mail

`Taut, disturbing...full of interesting observations about the late nineteenth - and early twentieth-century art world ...Mesmerising.' Spectator

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