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The Improbability of Love

(2015)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel
Wickedly funny, this totally engaging, richly observed first novel by Hannah Rothschild is a tour de force. Its sweeping narrative and cast of wildly colorful characters takes you behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant eighteenth-century-style dinner party, and into a modest living room in Berlin, among many other unexpected settings.

In The Improbability of Love we meet Annie McDee, thirty-one, who is working as a chef for two rather sinister art dealers. Recovering from the end of a long-term relationship, she is searching in a neglected secondhand shop for a birthday present for her unsuitable new lover. Hidden behind a rubber plant on top of a file cabinet, a grimy painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the picture, Annie prepares an elaborate birthday dinner for two, only to be stood up.

The painting becomes hers, and as it turns out, Annie has stumbled across a lost masterpiece by one of the most important French painters of the eighteenth century. But who painted this masterpiece is not clear at first. Soon Annie finds herself pursued by interested parties who would do anything to possess her picture. For a gloomy, exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, a desperate auctioneer, and an unscrupulous dealer, among others, the painting embodies their greatest hopes and fears. In her search for the painting's identity, Annie will unwittingly uncover some of the darkest secrets of European history - as well as the possibility of falling in love again.

Irreverent, witty, bittersweet, The Improbability of Love draws an unforgettable portrait of the London art scene, but it is also an exuberant and unexpected journey through life's highs and lows and the complexities of love and loss.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
ISBN: 1-4104-8756-3 / 978-1-4104-8756-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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November 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love: A novel
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
ISBN: 1-101-87414-7 / 978-1-101-87414-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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May 2015 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
ISBN: 1-4088-6244-1 / 978-1-4088-6244-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love: A Novel
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
ISBN: 1-101-87257-8 / 978-1-101-87257-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
ISBN: 1-4088-6247-6 / 978-1-4088-6247-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
ISBN: 1-4088-6245-X / 978-1-4088-6245-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

July 2017 : Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
ISBN: 1-5436-2402-2 / 978-1-5436-2402-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

March 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love: A novel
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Improbability of Love: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
Author(s): Hannah Rothschild
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


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