Adrian Turpin

Brushes With Fate

Nimrod’s Shadow

By

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As anyone who saw Anthony Hopkins in Surviving Picasso knows to their cost, an artist’s life can make for an indifferent film. Fortunately, the page is more forgiving. Chris Paling’s new novel, Nimrod’s Shadow, takes the familiar motif of the genius in the garret and teases from it something more thoughtful than the customary, big-screen awe in the face of artistic creation.

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