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Kath Trevelyan: A Novel [Paperback]

Jeremy Cooper
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12 April 2007
Kath Trevelyan intends to remain alive until the moment she dies. At seventy-two, she is still running a letterpress printer, visiting arts festivals with her now middle-aged daughters and absorbing the richness of the world. Her beloved husband is long dead and she believes she has had her share of romantic love, but now her life is filled with beauty: from the splendour of the countryside to the strange innovations of contemporary art. She thinks there can be no more for her except her work, her family, friends and all that is ceaselessly interesting in the world. John Garsington, who lives further down the lane, feels the same. Though much younger than Kath, he too has a passion for art and work that he loves - as well as buying and selling antiques, he studies the work of some of the wildest Young British Artists. So begins this quiet love story, in which life, art and these two minds connect, each becoming irresistible to the other. Jeremy Cooper delicately draws out the joy and trepidation of finding someone whose mind so perfectly fits one's own.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852429380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852429386
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,287,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Quite unlike any other novel published this year: a bold, radical, almost embarrassingly direct assault on modern complacencies, both political and artistic' Jonathan Coe, Guardian Books of the Year 'Complex, thought-provoking and pertinent... A clever, partial book, written in a fluent, comfortable narrative style' Financial Times 'What a really admirable novel. I read The Folded Lie with great pleasure' Fay Weldon 'The Folded Lie is a timely and perceptive new novel' Tony Benn"

About the Author

A trained art historian, Jeremy Cooper worked for Sotheby's and as Mohamed Al-Fayed's private art consultant before opening his own gallery in Bloomsbury. He has appeared on the Antiques Roadshow and written for the Sunday Times, Observer and Sunday Telegraph. In addition to his novels Ruth, Us and The Folded Lie, he has written several books on art and antiques. He lives in West Somerset.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Cold 7 April 2011
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I'm interested in art, artists and printers, so I thought it would be right up my street. I found it dreary. John Garsington is a much more complex character than Kath, and the book might, more accurately, be called after him. It is about a man who finds himself awkward amongst people, and unable to fall easily into intimacy. The more confident, gifted, widowed Kath appeals to him, even though the age gap falls the 'wrong' way. He also appeals to Kath, but we jump from chats over the kitchen table to finding out that they share a bed a few nights a week without any details at all.
The author is very knowledgeable about the art world, and lets the reader know it - constantly. Well written, in that it is terribly correct, but I will not be holding on to my copy!
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