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Publisher's Summary

In 1945, a small-time Dutch art dealer was arrested for selling a forgery of a priceless national treasure - a painting by Vermeer - to Hitler's right-hand man. The charge was treason; the only possible sentence death.

And yet Han van Meegeren languished in his dank prison cell, incapable of uttering the words that would set him free: 'I am a forger.' This riveting account of greed, hubris, excess, treason and fine art is the story of a failed artist and the greatest forger of all time.

©2008 Frank Wynne (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"A gripping and fascinating biography." (Observer)
"A cracking tale." (Daily Mail)
"Wynne retells the story with brio, producing the genuine article: a page-turning read." (Sunday Times)

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Fascinating art history

Very well written and narrated.
I had never heard of this forger and his life. It makes us think what art really means. I hope someone makes a film out of this.

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  • 05-11-2012

This was my first audible book and it was great.

What did you love best about I Was Vermeer?

The subject matter of the book was factual yet it was written as a novel. It kept you involved and interested from the very beginning.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Was Vermeer?

I really liked the way the author depicted and built us up to the predicament the forger found himself in. Does he own up to the forgeries he has committed or does he risk conviction as a Nazi collaborator in the war?

What about Richard Burnip’s performance did you like?

Richard Burnip sets the tone of the book brilliantly. I was captivated from the beginning.

If you could give I Was Vermeer a new subtitle, what would it be?

Genuis and Fraudster?

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My first experience of audible books on my kindle was a good one. I am now look forward to trying out greater varieties of works.

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  • P Merryweather
  • 02-04-2009

Fascinating

Excellent account of a story I knew nothing about before choosing this book. I was gripped from beginning to end and would recommend this to anyone with a passing interest in art, excess and a healthy disregard for the rules.

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  • Ian1956
  • 24-01-2009

Fascinating survey

A well-read and balanced history of the century's greatest forger. My only gripe is that it was sometimes hard to remember who was who with all the Dutch names floating about.

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  • Alex
  • 28-10-2020

Excellent. A thinking person’s equivalent of a “bank heist” story

Despite knowing very little about art, I really enjoyed this book, following the life of an incredibly talented artist as he becomes an accomplished forger. I’ll never regard the ‘old classics’ in quite the same way again.

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  • Georgios P.
  • 23-01-2016

A really interesting story beautifully read.

Beautifully narrated. Sound broke for a few seconds but that's probably the only and, really, insignificant quibble I have.

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