Novels inspired by the art world

Painting in the Shadows (An Alex Clayton Art Mystery)

Painting in the Shadows (An Alex Clayton Art Mystery)

Katherine Kovacic

When a gallery becomes a dangerous place, art dealer Alex Clayton must find the hidden meaning.  

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The War Artist

The War Artist

Simon Cleary

A timely and compelling novel about the legacy of war, the power of art and the possibility of atonement.

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 Read reviewThe Death of Noah Glass

The Death of Noah Glass

Gail Jones

Gail Jones's mesmerising new novel tells a story about parents and children, it is about love and art, about grief and happiness, about memory and the mystery of time.

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 Read reviewThe Biographer's Lover

The Biographer’s Lover

Ruby J Murray

The Biographer's Lover is a novel about Australia's complex relationship with memory, and the role gender plays in the ways we represent not only national myths but our private versus our public selves

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 Read reviewThe Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love

Heather Rose

Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize. A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history,...

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The Italian Teacher

The Italian Teacher

Tom Rachman

A grand and moving family drama set against the pretention, prestige and pomp of the international art world.

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Dominic Smith

An utterly gripping story set between 17th century Holland, 1950s Manhattan and 2000s Sydney, following a trail of art, forgery and deception.

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 Special priceThe Muse

The Muse

Jessie Burton

The interconnected stories of Caribbean aemigrae Odelle Bastien in 1967 London and English heiress Olive Schloss in 1936 Spain, their lives and fates linked by the painting of the young artist Isaac Robles.

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The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant - garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like -...

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 Read reviewThe Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping...

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 Read reviewFever of Animals

Fever of Animals

Miles Allinson

With the inheritance he received upon his father's death, Miles has come to Europe on the trail of the Romanian surrealist, who disappeared into a forest in 1967. But in trying to unravel the mystery of Bafdescu's secret life,...

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Prochownik's Dream

Prochownik’s Dream

Alex Miller

Prochownik's Dream reveals the inner life of an artist, torn between his obsession with his art and his love of his wife and daughter.

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What I Loved

What I Loved

Siri Hustvedt

Over 250,000 copies sold - now reissued as a Sceptre 30th Classic, with a new afterword by the author

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On Beauty

On Beauty

Zadie Smith

Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? This is a story about a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed...

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Maestra

Maestra

L. S. Hilton

Meet femme fatale Judith Rashleigh, a woman who knows what she wants--and exactly how to get it. A smooth confidence woman with a talent for self-invention, she's seen inside the invisible club of the debonair and wealthy, and she...

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

The Improbability of Love: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016

Hannah Rothschild

A dazzling, witty and tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world that is also a surprising and wonderful love story, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2016

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How to be Both

Ali Smith

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique...

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An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World

Kazuo Ishiguro

It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War Two, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated artist, Masuji Ono, fills his days attending to his garden, his house...

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Cairo

Chris Womersley

A summer of liberation leads to a teenage boy becoming caught up in the notorious heist of Picasso's Weeping Woman.

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Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier

An international bestseller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence.

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The Moon And Sixpence

The Moon And Sixpence

W. Somerset Maugham

Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. Whilst his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his...

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Cat's Eye

Cat’s Eye

Margaret Atwood

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her...

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 Read reviewThe Blazing World

The Blazing World

Siri Hustvedt

The devilishly playful, intellectually inspiring, emotionally involving new novel from Siri Hustvedt, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

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The Art Forger

The Art Forger

B. A. Shapiro

Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing...

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The Birth Of Venus

The Birth Of Venus

Sarah Dunant

Reissued in a new look is this richly imagined historical novel that combines mystery, history, politics and passion in a story of gripping power, from the author of SACRED HEARTS

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