The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex

Gabrielle Williams

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex
Allen & Unwin
25 March 2015

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex

Gabrielle Williams

A snappy, witty adventure caper about art, love, death and everything in between.

A rock chick.

An artist with attitude.

A girl with a past.

A party animal.

Four lives collide when one of the world’s most famous paintings is stolen. It’s a mystery that has the nation talking, but while Picasso’s Weeping Woman might be absent from the walls of the National Gallery, in other parts of Melbourne the controversial painting’s presence is being felt by Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny for four very different reasons.

Life, love, art and one giant party intersect in this offbeat comedy about good intentions, unexpected consequences and the irresistible force of true love.


It’s 1986 and Picasso’s famous painting ‘Weeping Woman’ has been stolen from the walls of the NGV. The people of Victoria are torn between being angry at the theft or bemused that the ‘kindergarten-like’ painting has been stolen and cracking jokes about getting a replacement done by pre-schoolers. But for Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny, four people that as a collective don’t know each other from a bar of soap, the theft of the painting will bring them together, for some with life threatening consequences. Over the period that the painting is MIA an old curse will rear its ugly head, a party will threaten lives and love at first sight will come from a punch in the face.

Based on the infamous theft of Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ from the NGV by a group called Australian Cultural Terrorists, Gabrielle Williams reminds me why I love reading. This brilliantly crafted novel keeps the reader enthralled the whole way through with creative twists and turns that had me going from anxious to amused in the space of a page. This clever novel shows why Australian writers are some of the best in the world at writing unique Young Adult fiction. Highly recommended for male and female readers aged 14 and up.

Katherine Dretzke

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