Tiepolo Blue


Tiepolo Blue | 9781529369427 | James Cahill


Format:Paperback / softback

Published:27/04/2023 by Hodder & Stoughton


An exquisite debut novel. A mid-life coming-of-age story charting one man’s sexual awakening and his spectacular fall from grace in 1990s London. For fans of Allan Hollinghurst and Edward St Aubyn.

‘The best novel I have read for ages. It is so beautifully written, not a false note in any sentence’ Stephen Fry

‘Startlingly impressive . . . a heavily perfumed, sexually tender, psychologically acute novel’ Daily Mail

Cambridge, 1994. Professor Don Lamb is a revered art historian, consumed by his work, but his academic brilliance belies a deep inexperience of life and love. When an explosive piece of modern art is installed in his college, Don becomes obsessed with it, his anger culminating in a public outburst that results in his expulsion from the university.

Confused and humiliated, he moves to London to take up a role at a museum. There he befriends Ben, a young artist who draws him into the anarchic art scene and the alluring nightlife of Soho. Over the course of a long, hot summer, Don glimpses a liberating new existence. But his epiphany is also a reckoning, as his oldest friendship and his own unexamined past are revealed to him in a devastating new light.

‘Meticulous and atmospheric . . . delicious unease and pervasive threat give this assured first novel great singularity and a kind of gothic edge’ Guardian

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