Ce jour-là à Londres, les collectionneurs de tous bords, puissants marchands d'art, oligarques russes, magnats du pétrole, ou encore rappeurs esthètes, défilent pour une des plus grosses ventes de l'histoire : celle de L'Improbabilité de l'amour, un tableau d'Antoine Watteau, disparu au milieu du XXe siècle et miraculeusement retrouvé. Celle qui, par un incroyable hasard, a remis la main sur le trésor dans une petite brocante poussiéreuse se nomme Annie McDee. Fascinée par la poésie et le raffinement du tableau, cette jeune chef cuisinière au coeur tendre va entreprendre d'en percer les secrets. Un périple à travers l'Histoire qui verra l'inestimable toile voyager de l'atelier parisien d'un peintre du XVIIIe à cette petite échoppe londonienne d'aujourd'hui, en passant par les salons cossus de la grande aristocratie européenne...
''If you''re in need of a Succession replacement then this tale of a crumbling English dynasty clinging on to the past while coping with the fallout of the 2008 crash is for you. Pure pleasure'' - Stylist ''Delights from start to finish'' Mail on Sunday ''Witty and stylish'' Sunday Times ''Jilly Cooper territory with a whiff of Joanna Trollope ... a lavish saga'' The Times ''Slyly comic'' Red The seat of the Trelawney family for over 800 years, Trelawney Castle was once the jewel of the Cornish coast. Each successive Earl spent with abandon, turning the house and grounds into a sprawling, extravagant palimpsest of wings, turrets and follies.
But recent generations have been better at spending than making money. Now living in isolated penury, unable to communicate with each other or the rest of the world, the family are running out of options. Three unexpected events will hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of a new relation, an illegitimate, headstrong, beautiful girl; an unscrupulous American hedge fund manager determined to exact revenge; and the crash of 2008.
A love story and social satire set in the parallel and seemingly unconnected worlds of the British aristocracy and high finance, House of Trelawney is also the story of lost and found friendships between three women. One of them will die; another will discover her vocation; and the third will find love.>
- 8 Juin 2023
She wants revenge. she just doesn''t know it yet
Ayesha has been married to the ruthless, aspirational Thomlinson Sleet for nearly 10 years: the longest any wife of his has lasted. He bought her family home, the beautiful house in Cornwall that was about to be lost to them, and she''s forever been in his debt.
But now Sleet''s decided it''s time for a new wife, which means Ayesha - and the wider Trelawney clan - may be about to lose their family pile forever. Can they come together to help AyeshaoutsmartSleet, unravel his nefarious plans and get to the bottom of the new cryptocurrency he''s investing huge sums of money in? Or isAyesha about to lose everything she''s worked for?
It''s sink or swim for the Trelawney''s most beautiful illegitimate daughter.
''A witty, stylish storyteller'' The Sunday Times
Hannah Rothschild is an author, filmmaker, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Her first novel 'The Improbability of Love' was shortlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and won the Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction. Her
A Rothschild by birth and a Baroness by marriage, beautiful, spirited Pannonica - known as Nica - seemed to have it all: children, a handsome husband and a trust fund. But in the early 1950s she heard a piece by the jazz legend Thelonious Monk. The music overtook her like a magic spell, and she abandoned her marriage to go and find him. Arriving in New York, Nica was shunned by society but accepted by the musicians. They gave her friendship; she gave them material and emotional support. Her convertible Bentley was a familiar sight outside the clubs and she drank whisky from a hip flask disguised as a Bible. Her notoriety was sealed when drug-addicted saxophonist Charlie Parker died in her apartment. But her real love was reserved for Monk, whom she cared for until his death in 1982. The Baroness traces Nica's extraordinary, thrilling journey - from England's stately homes to the battlefields of Africa, passing under the shadow of the Holocaust, and finally to the creative ferment of the New York jazz scene. Hannah Rothschild's search to solve the mystery of her rebellious great aunt draws on their long friendship and years of meticulous research and interviews. It is part musical odyssey, part dazzling love story.