The Improbability of Love is by Hannah Rothschild, (yes, one of that family), documentary film maker and soon to be chair of the National Gallery.
In her spare time (!), she’s written this novel all about how chef Annie McDee gets caught up in the greedy scams at the top end of the art world.
The plotting is superb; there are loads of characters, but Rothschild has this great way of sketching everyone quickly but sensitively enough to make their back stories and motives convincing. I guess being familiar with the world of the super rich is what imbues her descriptions with such amusing assurance.
I wasn’t expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by this very high quality escapist read that shines with a love of food and art.