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At 18, Tom escapes ordinariness in small town Australia for Melbourne and a flat in a strange block named Cairo. There he meets the magnetic Max Cheever, and is drawn into his circle of bohemian artists and dreamers. But soon Tom is ensnared in a plot to steal a million dollar Picasso masterpiece, among undependable forgers and violent art dealers.

©2013 Chris Womersley (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"An inspiring read. Womersley's prose is clear, evocative and powerful; an utter joy'" ( Irish Times)
"Real brilliance ... This is a distinguished novel" ( Independent)

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Fascinating story, narrated very well

I knew there’s a painting in NGV by Picasso, ‘Weeping Wonan’, but had no idea about its heist. Scince then I’ve read a lot of stuff on the net. It’s really a great crime (?), totally unbelievable.

This book cleverly intertwines fictional events with this painting, set in Melbourne 1986.
Obviously I can’t feel nostalgic while reading this, I wasn’t here, but, the author succeeds in recreating a vibrant, rough and tumble Fitzroy area very well.

The ending was a bit predictable, but, I thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age story telling. It’s a great homage to a bygone era in the 80s when everything was so relaxed that this ‘victimless crime’ actually happened, and artists and bohemians could afford to live in Fitzroy.