The Painting

The Painting

3.72 (95 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.72 (95 ratings by Goodreads)
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A young Hungarian woman confronts her family's past in an engrossing quest for a stolen painting

When Anika Molnar flees her home country of Hungary not long before the break-up of the Soviet Union, she carries only a small suitcase - and a beautiful and much-loved painting of an auburn-haired woman in a cobalt blue dress from her family's hidden collection.
Arriving in Australia, Anika moves in with her aunt in Sydney, and the painting hangs in pride of place in her bedroom. But one day it is stolen in what seems to be a carefully planned theft, and Anika's carefree life takes a more ominous turn.
Sinister secrets from her family's past and Hungary's fraught history cast suspicion over the painting's provenance, and she embarks on a gripping quest to uncover the truth.
Hungary's war-torn past contrasts sharply with Australia's bright new world of opportunity in this moving and compelling mystery.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23.88mm | 272.16g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1913062651
  • 9781913062651
  • 627,297

Review quote

'Deceptively simple, deeply human, The Painting lights the shadows of dispossession in Hungarian immigrant lives in Australia through art and romance, meat and menace, totalitarianism, provenance and pest.';'An enthralling and intelligently-plotted novel whose lead characters are drawn with such depth they could be sitting on the sofa beside you. Their lives are movingly woven together by the painting that means something quite different to each of them.';'The Painting by Alison Booth offers a compelling and incisive portrait of Anika - a wise and wary exile from an oppressive regime - as she struggles to regain her trust in humanity.'; Michelle Wildgen, author of Bread and Butter
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About Alison Booth

Alison Booth was born in Melbourne, brought up in Sydney and has worked in the UK and in Australia as a professor as well as a novelist. Alison's work has been translated into French and has also been published by Reader's Digest Select Editions in both Asia and Europe. Alison, who holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, is an active public speaker and has participated in many writers' festivals and literary events. and
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Rating details

95 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 25% (24)
4 29% (28)
3 39% (37)
2 4% (4)
1 2% (2)
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