Fiction


21
Mar 10

Caravaggio’s Angel

Caravaggio's Angel

Caravaggio’s Angel (Reggie Lee 1)
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Constable (11 Sep 2008)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1845296974
ISBN-13: 978-1845296971

Dr Reggie Lee, newly arrived at the National Gallery, is putting together a small exhibition around three Caravaggios depicting ‘St Cecilia and the Angel.’ One is at the Getty, one at the Louvre, and she hopes it won’t be too hard to track down the third. But a series of inexplicable obstacles keep getting in her way – and then, unexpectedly, a fourth Caravaggio turns up. One of them must be a fake. But which? When people start to die, it seems clear that someone doesn’t want Reggie’s show to go ahead. Why, she can’t imagine. But her career is at stake, and she’d damned if she’ll let herself be intimidated and bullied by these unseen forces. So Reggie investigates and her research takes her from Surrealist suicides to shady Italian art dealers, from seventeenth-century painting techniques to modern French politics in a viciously-fought Presidential election year. By the end it seems as though nobody in the opaque and ill-defined world of art can really stay incorruptible – perhaps not even Reggie herself.


21
Mar 10

The Uncertainty Principle

The Uncertainty Principle

The Uncertainty Principle
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (7 Aug 1997)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0099740710
ISBN-13: 978-0099740711

Helen Bartram, in Los Angeles to work on a screenplay, just saw her daughter Laura. But that’s impossible: Laura died nine years ago. She must be mistaken. But she knows she isn’t.

Her husband Benny wouldn’t be surprised. Benny thinks that this is just one of an infinity of parallel universes, and that synchronicities, ghosts, prophetic dreams, are rents in the curtain, glimpses of other worlds. Things might have been different and, in some other place, they are. Helen is sceptical. But what else can explain her sighting? And now, when she most needs him, Benny isn’t here. He’s had enough of this world and Helen has no access to any other.

The Uncertainty Principle follows Helen’s search for her lost daughter across two continents and thirty years. Benny, the unreconstructed Darwinist, becomes a guru at the further reach of New Age physics. Their friend Colette, the beautiful film-star, must face the sad realities of middle age. Patrick, the golden boy of their youth, runs away: to London, to Brazil, to Los Angeles. From what? And meanwhile, what happens to the children?

All these lives, so well-ordered when viewed from outside, zigzag in reality from chance to random chance. Everything seems so solid: but when you come to test the ground, it shifts beneath your feet… Helen finds that, in life as in physics, the Uncertainty Principle rules.

`It is rare to come across a novel such as The Uncertainty Principle… Ruth Brandon displays her versatility, exercises her dexterity with craft, and demonstrates her wide-ranging intelligence’. – Ellen Beardsley, Times Literary Supplement