Iain Pears


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in Coventry, The United Kingdom
January 01, 1955

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Iain Pears is an English art historian, novelist and journalist. He was educated at Warwick School, Warwick, Wadham College and Wolfson College, Oxford. Before writing, he worked as a reporter for the BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and ZDF (Germany) and correspondent for Reuters from 1982 to 1990 in Italy, France, UK and US. In 1987 he became a Getty Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Yale University. His well-known novel series features Jonathan Argyll, art historian, though international fame first arrived with his best selling book An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998), which was translated into several languages. Pears currently lives with his wife and children in Oxford.

Average rating: 3.83 · 48,533 ratings · 4,478 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
An Instance of the Fingerpost

3.94 avg rating — 21,024 ratings — published 1997 — 65 editions
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Stone's Fall

3.88 avg rating — 6,527 ratings — published 2009 — 41 editions
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Arcadia

3.94 avg rating — 4,901 ratings — published 2015 — 24 editions
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The Dream of Scipio

3.73 avg rating — 3,806 ratings — published 2002 — 42 editions
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The Raphael Affair (Jonatha...

3.54 avg rating — 3,046 ratings — published 1990 — 33 editions
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The Titian Committee (Jonat...

3.63 avg rating — 1,569 ratings — published 1991 — 19 editions
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The Portrait

3.45 avg rating — 1,662 ratings — published 2004 — 34 editions
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The Bernini Bust (Jonathan ...

3.62 avg rating — 1,215 ratings — published 1992 — 19 editions
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Giotto's Hand (Jonathan Arg...

3.62 avg rating — 1,169 ratings — published 1995 — 16 editions
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The Immaculate Deception (J...

3.66 avg rating — 1,211 ratings — published 2000 — 3 editions
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“For the first time, she did want more. She did not know what she wanted, knew that it was dangerous and that she should rest content with what she had, but she knew an emptiness deep inside her, which began to ache.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

“Was not Hypatia the greatest philosopher of Alexandria, and a true martyr to the old values of learning? She was torn to pieces by a mob of incensed Christians not because she was a woman, but because her learning was so profound, her skills at dialectic so extensive that she reduced all who queried her to embarrassed silence. They could not argue with her, so they murdered her.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

“Do you know, the only people I can have a conversation with are the Jews? At least when they quote scripture at you they are not merely repeating something some priest has babbled in their ear. They have the great merit of disagreeing with nearly everything I say. In fact, they disagree with almost everything they say themselves. And most importantly, they don't think that shouting strengthens their argument.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

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