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About James Cahill
James Cahill has worked in the art world and academia for fifteen years, combining writing with a role at a leading contemporary gallery. He is currently a Research Fellow in Classics at King's College London. His writing has been published in the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and the Burlington Magazine.
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'The best novel I have read for ages. My heart was constantly in my throat as I read... There is so much to enjoy, to contemplate, to wonder at, and to be lost in.' STEPHEN FRY
'The smart, sexy read you need in 2022.' EVENING STANDARD
Cambridge, 1994. Professor Don Lamb is a revered art historian at the height of his powers, consumed by the book he is writing about the skies of the Venetian master Tiepolo. However, his academic brilliance belies a deep inexperience of life and love.
When an explosive piece of contemporary art is installed on the lawn of his college, it sets in motion Don's abrupt departure from Cambridge to take up a role at a south London museum. There he befriends Ben, a young artist who draws him into the anarchic 1990s British art scene and the nightlife of Soho.
Over the course of one long, hot summer, Don glimpses a liberating new existence. But his epiphany is also a moment of self-reckoning, as his oldest friendship - and his own unexamined past - are revealed to him in a devastating new light. As Don's life unravels, he suffers a fall from grace that that shatters his world into pieces.
'A novel that combines formal elegance with gripping storytelling...wildly enjoyable' FINANCIAL TIMES
'Tiepolo Blue really has blown me away... The last debut novel I read that had this much talent buzzing around inside it was Alan Hollinghurst's The Swimming-Pool Library.' ROBERT DOUGLAS-FAIRHURST
'Meticulous and atmospheric... delicious unease and pervasive threat give this assured first novel great singularity and a kind of gothic edge' Michael Donkor, GUARDIAN
The latest addition to the 'Lives of the Artists' series: highly readable short biographies of the world's greatest artists
David Hockney is the most famous living British artist. And he is arguably one of the more famous American artists as well. Emerging from the north of England in the 1960s, he made quite a splash in Swinging London as a portaitist, and went on to make a even bigger splash in Los Angeles when he moved there in the 1970s. His figurative paintings of the 1970s and 1980s captured the zeitgeist of West Coast living, while he also explored new avenues by constructing mosaics out of polaroids. By the beginning of the millennium, he returned to his Yorkshire roots, embarking on a new period of painting. This came to an end with the death by misadventure in his home of a young studio assistant in 2013. He went 'home' to LA and has in the intervening years begun a new period of contemplative portraiture.