Looking for something to read? Try an Artread!

 The month of July reading theme is Artread!

This is the month to read some books  featuring your favourite artist.  These may simply showcase their work, or explain their philosophies, symbolism and concepts behind their creations.  You may also like to read fascinating stories of famous artists lives. What about graphic novels and picture books? So many have creative and colourful illustrations! Borrow some fiction books with themes about art, art galleries or art curators,  read stories of stolen art works or enter the world of an imaginary artist's life. Here are  a few "arty"  fiction books to get you started.

False impression by Jeffrey Archer
Jeffrey Archer's12th novel, this fictional tale showcases the author's knowledge and love of the art world. 
When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her country home the night before 9/11, it takes all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her and the possible motive for her death, a priceless Van Gogh painting. 

The girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier. 
 This historical novel,  set in the 17th Century, was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl with a Pearl Earring.  It was been adapted into a 2003 film of the same name. Narrated by Griet, a beautiful, innocent girl, who becomes a servant in Vermeer's household, this is the story behind the advent of this famous painting. 

The swan thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life - solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. Desperate to understand the secret that torments this genius, Marlowe embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.