Tales of the Art World

By Philip Hook

Philip Hook returns to fiction in this collection of short stories. Many are set in the art world, of which the author has deep inside knowledge. Others are about cricket, football, war, espionage and marriage. Some are funny, some are moving, some are surreal. All of them are compulsive reading.

The stories are as follows: Mrs Ortega’s Picasso, Angel Hut, War Artist, Galactico, An Honourable Deception, Pretty Little Jug, Sublimation, Shipboard Romance, Giving Something Back, Beautiful and Clever, Champions, The Family Restorer, Hannay Meets Chatterley, Duplicity, Deadline, Basil in Basel, and Natalia

About Philip Hook

Philip Hook has over forty-five years of expertise in the art market as a dealer and auctioneer, most recently as a board member and senior director of the Impressionist & Modern Art department at Sotheby’s in London. He has appeared regularly as an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. With a degree in the history of art from Cambridge, Hook joined Christie’s in 1973, heading their 19th Century Paintings department from 1980 to 1987. He is the author of Popular Nineteenth Century Painting; five successful novels set in the art world; The Ultimate Trophy, a history of the Impressionist market and a Financial Times Book of the Year; Breakfast at Sotheby’s, named a Book of the Year by The Sunday Times, The Spectator, Financial Times, The Guardian, and Mail on Sunday; and Rogues’ Gallery: The Rise (and Occasional Fall) of Art Dealers, the Hidden Players in the History of Art.

News & Reviews


‘A friend has just done something pleasing but wildy unfashionable by publishing a book of short stories. The famously witty Philip Hook was a pillar of Sotheby’s and is also a historian of the trade.’ Max Hastings in The Times