Hector Kipling is an artist: an artist with loving parents, a beautiful girlfriend, dependable mates, good health, and talent in abundance. Or at least, more talent than most, and certainly more than his friend Kirk—who paints cutlery—if not quite as much as their mutual friend Lenny. But when things begin to unravel, it doesn’t take long for Hector’s charmed world to fall completely and irreparably apart. Indeed, it’s amazing just how quickly a life can disintegrate. One minute, you’re fine and focussed on the future, the next you’re sobbing in front of an Edvard Munch painting in the permanent collection, with no discernible way forward. From settees to stalkers, con-men to corpses, selfportraits to S&M, The Late Hector Kipling is a warm and witty novel about the not-so-warm and witty world in which we live. Tracing Hector Kipling’s journey from the dizzy heights of solo shows to a deep hole in the floor of the Tate Modern, it’s an irreverent and entertaining exploration of life, death, art, and everything in-between.
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David Thewlis is an actor, writer, and director. He has appeared in numerous films, including Paul Auster's The Inner Life of Martin Frost, The Omen, Kingdom of Heaven, Seven Years in Tibet, The Big Lebowski, Gangster No. 1, and Naked (directed by Mike Leigh), for which he won Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He has also appeared as Professor Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; he will reprise that role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Thewlis is originally from Blackpool, England. This is his first novel.From Publishers Weekly:
This laugh-out-loud, darkly intelligent debut suggests that Thewlis might meet with considerable success should he decide to quit acting and take up the pen full-time. London artist Hector Kipling paints huge canvases dominated by a single head. He's doing well, but he's not nearly as famous as his best friend, conceptualist Lenny Snook. Eaten up by jealousy, Hector believes that Lenny has made his fortune with stolen ideas. As Hector struggles to cope with an absent girlfriend, his parents' insane expenditures and a vandal attacking his most valuable painting, things begin to go very wrong indeed. Readers who have mourned the end of Sue Townsend's wonderful, long-running Adrian Mole series will find solace of a sort here, as will anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking skewering of modern art by a knowledgeable writer and an inescapably doomed but appealing hero. (Nov.)
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