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Like Sherlock Holmes's dog in the night time, sometimes the true significance of things lies in their absence. Rick Gekoski tells the very human stories that lie behind some of the greatest losses to artistic culture - and addresses the questions such disappearances raise.
Some of the items are stolen (the Mona Lisa), some destroyed (like Philip Larkin's diaries, shredded, then burnt, on his dying request) and some were lost before they even existed, like the career of the brilliant art deco architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which foundered amid a lack of cash - but behind all of them lies an often surprising story which reveals a lot about what art means to us.
Gekoski explores in depth the greater questions these tremendous losses raise - such as the rights artists and authors have over their own work, the importance of the search for perfection in creativity, and what motivated people to queue to see the empty space where the Mona Lisa once hung in the Louvre.
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A natural and skilled storyteller (Colm Toibin)
Think Bill Bryson, only on books (Tatler)
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'Gekoski is funny, and it's delightful to read about serious books and laugh at the same time...every reading is insightful about the text and moving about people, about the choices that we make, about love.... Gekoski is endearing to read for his childlike enthusiasm for ... well, for everything. There is nothing cynical or clever here, just real intelligence and true feeling - and the sense of humour.(Jeanette Winterson The Times)
The stories behind the disappearances of some of our most famous works of art - and some that never existed at all.
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Book Description Profile Books, 2013. Hard Cover. Condition: Brand New. Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New. First Printing. The irrepressible Rick Gekoski does it again - ä superb narrator, vivid, colloqial, funny and tough."(Spectator). Seller Inventory # 026908
Book Description Profile Books Ltd, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1846684919
Book Description Profile Books Ltd, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111846684919