The Hound in the Left-Hand Corner

The Hound in the Left-Hand Corner

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Auberon, the brilliant but troubled Director of the Museum of British History (known as BRIT) is preparing one Midsummer's Day for the opening of the most spectacular exhibition the Museum has ever staged. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Gainsborough's portrait of the beautiful but intriguing Lady St John; not shown in London for a hundred years, the painting shows its subject strikingly attired as Puck. As the day passes the portrait arouses in the minds of the museum staff disquieting questions, rivalries, and strangely deep affections. Tension mounts: will the gala dinner be a success? Can the Museum's Chairman be kept under control? And just what is it that's so peculiar about the portrait?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 181.44g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747265410
  • 9780747265412
  • 1,772,115

About Giles Waterfield

Giles Waterfield was brought up in Paris and Geneva. Having worked at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and for sixteen years as Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, in 1996 he abandoned arts administration in order to write, teach and curate exhibitions.show more

Review quote

Urbane and deceptively light-hearted satire on the clash between sponsorship and scholarship in the modern world * The Sunday Times * Waterfield's uproarious portrait of museum life is daubed with flashes of silver-tongued satire, and he delights in puncturing the pomposity of its senior hierarchy. Amid the frivolity, he manages to insert some apt digs at New Labour obsessions with modernity * The Times * Delightfully light and funny satirical romp through the museum art-world... perfect holiday reading * Sunday Telegraph * Waterfield's uproarious portrait of museum life is daubed with flashes of silver-tongued satire... Amid the frivolity, he manages to insert some apt digs at New Labour obsessions with modernity * The Times * Waterfield's comic novel, always urbanely light-hearted, hides a meaner satirical punch beneath its entertaining surface * The Sunday Times * Waterfield's comic novel, always urbanely light-hearted, hides a meaner satirical punch benwath its entertaining surface * The Sunday Times * Not just a sparkling farce, one disaster following hard on the heels of another, but a blistering satire on the museum world and its many parasites. There are some memorably ghastly minor characters * Sunday Telegraph *show more

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103 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
5 12% (12)
4 32% (33)
3 43% (44)
2 9% (9)
1 5% (5)
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