Tiepolo Blue

Tiepolo Blue

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 09/06/2022
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Tiepolo Blue
A novel of rare artistry
A delicate and ornate work of art, this finely wrought and beautifully crafted work of art is one of the best things I have read this year. Rarely do you... READ MORE
John - Glasgow Silverburn
Tiepolo Blue
Unlike anything I’ve read before
This book is definitely more of a character study than a plot based story and what a rollercoaster ride you get taken on. Don Lamb is one of the few chara... READ MORE
Sarah B
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Tiepolo blue
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for a review on an Instagram book tour. Professor Don Lamb is a renowned art historian at Cambridge Universit... READ MORE
Cat at Northallerton


Ben turns and grins ironically. 'When you stopped just now and looked at the sky, you weren't measuring it. You weren't thinking about classical proportion. You were feeling something.' Cambridge, 1994. Professor Don Lamb is a revered art historian at the height of his powers, consumed by the book he is writing about the skies of the Venetian master Tiepolo. However, his academic brilliance belies a deep inexperience of life and love. When an explosive piece of contemporary art is installed on the lawn of his college, it sets in motion Don's abrupt departure from Cambridge to take up a role at a south London museum. There he befriends Ben, a young artist who draws him into the anarchic 1990s British art scene and the nightlife of Soho. Over the course of one long, hot summer, Don glimpses a liberating new existence. But his epiphany is also a moment of self-reckoning, as his oldest friendship - and his own unexamined past - are revealed to him in a devastating new light. As Don's life unravels, he suffers a fall from grace that that shatters his world into pieces.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529369397
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 466g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 36 mm

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Tiepolo Blue
Art historian’s downfall
This novel is slow in getting started, although it does provide the background setting to the story. A Cambridge art historian has been too honest and fore... READ MORE
Tiepolo Blue
A transfixing writing style
I cannot think why I chose Tiepolo Blue from a selection mailshot from NetGalley unless it was because I completely misread the book's description. However... READ MORE
the moving finger writes
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art scholars might enjoy it
Not for me I'm afraid, the author is obviously a very knowledgeable academic and seems to delight in letting the reader know this on every occasion. I'm su... READ MORE
Tiepolo Blue
Rich and stimulating read
A rich and stimulating read. Much respected in the rarefied atmosphere of Porterhouse College, Cambridge, art historian, Prof Don Lamb in his forties, lead... READ MORE
Carol  Groves
Tiepolo Blue
This novel, set in the 1990s, is about a Cambridge academic, art historian and defender of all things Classical Professor Don Lamb, who experiences a set o... READ MORE
Heather Trevis
Tiepolo Blue
An intriguing novel that continues to wrong foot the reader right to the end
An intriguing novel that continues to wrong foot the reader right to the end. At first I thought the story started off like a Kingsley Amis academic novel ... READ MORE
Daren Kearl
Tiepolo Blue
Atmospheric and emotional
This is an intriguing read, threaded through with unrequited love, obsession, longing, gossip and political machinations. Don is the golden boy of art hi... READ MORE
Tiepolo Blue
A clever, neatly constructed tragicomedy
Set in the mid-90s, Tiepolo Blue follows Don Lamb, professor of art history at Peterhouse, Cambridge, who has led a life so attenuated he knows little or n... READ MORE
Susan Osborne
Tiepolo Blue
Literary fiction
Don Lamb is a distinguished professor of Art History in the Cambridge college where he has lived and worked since he went up as an undergraduate. A classi... READ MORE
Aidan Dunn
Tiepolo Blue
Novel set in DULWICH and Cambridge
4.5* The cover drew me to pick this book up and also, Tiepolo, a Rococo artist of the 18th Century, was part of the title (although his work is not really... READ MORE
Tiepolo Blue
Set to become a classic.
I was sent a copy of Tiepolo Blue by James Cahill to read and review by NetGalley. This is a beautifully written novel following the life and liberation o... READ MORE
Tiepolo Blue
We first encounter art history professor Don Lamb safely tucked away in the Cambridge college that has been his home since his arrival as a teenager. He is... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
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Tiepolo Blue
It's been a while since I finished this book and I am still not sure what I really think of it. On the one hand it was a slog to get through the majority. ... READ MORE
Tiepolo Blue
Fantastic queer story told in a mature way
Now this is what we call a true triumph! I have been searching for a novel that focuses around a character that I kind of resonate with and was told in ... READ MORE
Matthew Smith