The Improbability of Love

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Published by: Knopf

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3.67, based on 11,170 reviews.

Goodreads says:

A dazzling, witty and tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world that is also a surprising and wonderful love story.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.

Waterstones says:

WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK 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.


Rating breakdown

★★★★★
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3.67 out of 5 stars (11,170 ratings)
5 22% (2,499 ratings)
4 38% (4,251 ratings)
3 27% (3,034 ratings)
2 9% (1,031 ratings)
1 3% (355 ratings)

About Hannah Mary Rothschild

Hannah Mary Rothschild is a British writer, philanthropist and documentary filmmaker. She also serves on the boards of various philanthropic trusts and museums. In August 2015, she became chair of the London National Gallery's Board of Trustees.
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