Firstly I wish to thank Rachel of Authoright for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour For The Horse’s Arse by Laura Gascoigne
Patrick Phelan is an ageing artist who has never made it big but who somehow manages to live on air in a North London suburb.
When not running art classes for amateurs, Patrick wrestles in the shed at the bottom of his garden with his life’s work: a series of visionary canvases of The Seven Seals.When his wheeler-dealer son Marty turns up with a commission from a rich client for some copies of paintings by modern masters, Phelan reluctantly agrees; it means money for his ex-wife Moira. However the deal with Marty is, typically, not what it seems.
What follows is a complex chain of events involving fakery, fraud, kidnapping, murder, the Russian Mafia and a cast of dubious art world characters. A contemporary spin on Joyce Cary’s classic satire The Horse’s Mouth, The Horse’s Arse by Laura Gascoigne is a crime thriller-cum-comic-fable that poses the serious question: where does art go from here?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
How I would have loved to be in one of Patrick Phelan’s amateur art classes in the shed at the bottom of the garden. He could certainly bring to life any painting, the passion he had when he talked about them, the way he described each shade of the colours it really did make them talk to you. Yes paintings were Patrick’s life even if he hadn’t made it big himself. He had created his own master pieces with The Seven Seals, which were his life’s work.
His creepy son Marty was a really piece of work and had no conscience about conning his dad into reproducing painting after painting of modern masters. He did pay his dad pretty well but Patrick wouldn’t have been part of this if he had known the dangerous low life’s that his son was dealing with. Playing with the big boys is great when all goes to plan but in this case it takes a disastrous turn, until it costs the ultimate price.
The author Laura Gascoigne certainly knows her way around the art world creating a colourful array of characters to deliver humour, danger and a story line that would be enjoyed with an audience of readers that have a love of art to really get the most out of this book.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Currently living in Hampstead, North London, Laura Gascoigne has worked as an art journalist for over twenty years, editing Artists & Illustrators (1994-1999) before going freelance. Laura was born in Cairo in 1950, the daughter of a bookseller and an Italian teacher, and grew up in Brussels and Cambridge before studying Classics at Oxford University. Her sister is the writer Marina Warner. Surrounded as a child by the paintings her father collected, she has always had a passion for art and when not writing about it, she paints.