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English novelist Guy Boyd's publisher forces him, against his inclination, to write a biography of the late Gabriel Brown, an eminent dealer in Old Masters. From the start, the project rattles the young Englishman, who has little interest in the Canadian-born connoisseur. As he settles into living in the dead man's house, interviewing his friends and lovers, Guy becomes ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Cormorant Books
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Jan 15, 2016 Storyheart rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I love books about painters and also books about art forgers. Sadly this story, while interesting, was marred by flat-footed, didactic writing. Had it not been a novella, I wouldn't have finished.
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James King is the author of four previous novels: Faking (1999), Blue Moon (2000), Transformations (2003), and Pure Inventions (2006). He is also the author of eight works of biography, the subjects of which include William Blake, Margaret Laurence, Jack McClelland, and Farley Mowat. His biography of Herbert Read, The Last Modern, was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award. James King ...more
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