The first woman chair of the National Gallery in London and a trustee of the Tate Gallery, Hannah Rothschild knows the art world. Her family has an extensive collection, and she made several films about the art world, among other subjects, during a long career as a documentary filmmaker with the BBC.
Her debut novel, The Improbability of Love, takes you behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant 18th-century-style dinner party, and more. Annie McDee, a young chef working for two sinister art dealers, is searching for a gift for her new lover in a second-hand shop when a grimy painting catches her eye. The lover jilts her, and the painting, discovered to be a lost masterpiece, becomes hers. Annie is then pursued by a cast of colorful characters who would do anything to possess her picture. In her search for the painting’s identity, she unwittingly uncovers some of the darkest secrets of European history—as well as the possibility of falling in love again.
“Compulsively readable, immensely enjoyable. . . . [An] irresistible blend of art, mystery, and intrigue along the lines of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.” —Library Journal