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Hector Kipling is an artist. He has his health, loving parents, a beautiful girlfriend, good mates, and talent in abundance (or at least, more abundance than most, and certainly more than his friend Kirk, if not quite as much as their other friend, Lenny - although, actually, Hector would argue that while Lenny's received more recognition for his art, most of that recognition is misplaced). What more could he ask for (besides the same level of recognition that Lenny gets, that is)? But once Hector's life starts to unravel, it doesn't take long at all for it to fall completely and irreparably apart. In fact, as Hector discovers, it's amazing just how quickly a life can disintegtrate. From settees to stalkers, con-men to corpses, S&M to the Tate Modern, "The Late Hector Kipling" is a warm and witty novel about the not so warm and witty world of art, and death.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330373364
ISBN-10: 0330373366
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » The first novel from actor Thewlis (best actor winner at Cannes for Mike Leigh's Naked) is a rollicking, no-corpses-barred black comedy set in the London art world.Well-regarded painter Hector Kipling has reached a plateau. His enormous portraits command top prices, but lately his longtime pal and rival, Lenny Snook, a conceptual artist, has eclipsed him in fame. Hector's romance with Eleni is calm and happy, but doesn't calm and happy mean stultifying, perilously close to bourgeois? What he needs, he muses, is a little death. Thewlis delivers a few little deaths (see Hector's disastrous fling with an American poet who favors sex games involving lighters and knives), but his main preoccupation is the bigger kind, and death doesn't come half-stepping: Suddenly Hector's artist friend Kirk is terminal, likewise Eleni's mother in Greece, likewise Hector's father, and before long Hector's life, personal and professional, goes into a death spiral. Alas, his sufferings are as stylized as opera, or slapstick (in one scene Hector, naked, dangles from a drainpipe outside the window of the deranged madman/dandy/sex-abuse victim who's out to kill him). But the art-world milieu is deftly handled, and there's a splendidly mean and morbid wit at play in this antic account of a man whose life seems a "drunken collaboration between Feydeau and Dante."Though it ultimately doesn't satisfy as either tragedy or farce, this is far more than an actor's vanity project: Thewlis has talent. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - David Thewlis

David Thewlis was born in Blackpool in 1963. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in 1985. His first feature film performance was in director Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet. Since then he has appeared in films as diverse as Total Eclipse, Seven Years in Tibet and Besieged. In 1995 he wrote and directed a short film called Hello, Hello, Hello and, in 2003, Cheeky. In addition to his film and television work, Thewlis has also starred on the stage, including Sam Mendes' The Sea at the Royal National Theatre.

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