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Pears, Iain

Overview
Works: 131 works in 894 publications in 21 languages and 21,411 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Fantasy fiction  Historical fiction  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR6066.E167, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Iain Pears
 
Most widely held works by Iain Pears
An instance of the fingerpost by Iain Pears( Book )

105 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Grove, a fellow at New College, Oxford in the turbulent 1660s, is found dead in mysterious circumstances, prompting the speculations of four witnesses who each offer a different version of events surrounding the murder.--
Stone's fall : a novel by Iain Pears( Book )

39 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 2,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this dazzling historical mystery, John Stone, financier and arms dealer, dies falling out of a window at his London home. The quest to uncover the truth behind his death plays out against the backdrop of high-stakes international finance, Europe's first great age of espionage, and the start of the twentieth century's arms race
The dream of Scipio by Iain Pears( Book )

59 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three men live and fall in love in Provence during three very different times of crisis: the fall of the Roman Empire, the Black Death and World War II. There problems, however, are strikingly similar
The portrait by Iain Pears( Book )

52 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journeying to a remote French island to sit for a portrait that is painted by his tormented artist friend, an influential London art critic recalls the early years of their friendship, and his own influence over aspiring artists
The immaculate deception by Iain Pears( Book )

44 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Flavia di Stefano, acting head of Italy's Art Theft Squad, works to retrieve a stolen painting without publicity or payment, her husband, art historian Jonathan Argyll, is preparing a birthday gift: "the provenance of a small Renaissance painting, an Immaculate Conception," that hangs on a friend's wall.--Jacket
Death and restoration : a Jonathan Argyll mystery by Iain Pears( Book )

41 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Flavia di Stefano of Rome's art theft squad joins forces with art historian Jonathan Argyll to investigate the theft of a simple icon of the Blessed Virgin. The object turns out to be worth far more than anyone thought
Arcadia by Iain Pears( Book )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where Storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own--and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds
Giotto's hand by Iain Pears( Book )

43 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British art dealer Jonathan Argyll teams up with Flavia di Stefano of Rome's art theft police to track a stolen painting by the Italian master Uccello. Suspected is Giotto, a master thief said to have stolen some two dozen masterpieces
The Raphael affair by Iain Pears( Book )

49 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vandalism and murder follow a newly discovered Raphael painting to London, and Bottando decides to investigate with the help of his glamorous assistant, Flavia--Publisher
The Titian Committee by Iain Pears( Book )

37 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sent to Venice to help solve a murder, Flavia di Stefano of the Rome Art Theft Squad teams up with the local carabinieri to catch the killer
The Bernini bust by Iain Pears( Book )

42 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British art historian Jonathan Argyll is in sunny Los Angeles conducting some profitable business with the Moresby Museum. Then the museum's owner is murdered and a Bernini bust disappears. And while awaiting the arrival of his friends from the Italian National Art Theft Squad, Jonathan finds himself targeted by the killer
The last judgement by Iain Pears( Book )

36 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As art dealer Jonathan Argyll delivers a painting in Rome, someone tries to steal it and the buyer is murdered. In terms of money the painting is worthless, so why would anyone kill? Argyll's probe leads him to the resistance in World War II
The discovery of painting : the growth of interest in the arts in England, 1680-1768 by Iain Pears( Book )

20 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stone's fall : a novel by Iain Pears( Recording )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By 1909, John Stone had become one of the world's most powerful men, accumulating a vast fortune through financing and weapon dealing with countries around the world. However, Stone's life ended suddenly when he toppled out a window in his London estate. In this work of historical fiction that masterfully combines romance and intrigue, author Iain Pears details Stone's life in reverse chronological order, starting with his mysterious death and winding back to 1867 Vienna
The portrait by Iain Pears( Recording )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An influential art critic in the early years of the twentieth century journeys from London to the remote island of Houat, off France's northwest coast, to sit for a portrait painted by an old friend, a gifted, once acclaimed artist living in self-imposed exile. Over the course of the sitting, the painter recalls their years of friendship, the double-edged gift of the critic's patronage, the power he wielded over aspiring artists, and his apparent callousness in anointing the careers of some and devastating the lives of others. The balance of power between the two men shifts dramatically--and ominously--as the critic becomes a passive subject; and as the painter slowly captures the character of the man on canvas, we discover why he left London suddenly and mysteriously at the height of his success and why now, with dark determination, he has taken on this unusual commission
The Raphael affair by Iain Pears( )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Rome, The Raphael affair features the perpetually beset General Bottando of the Italian National Art Theft Squad; his glamorous assistant, Flavia di Stefano; and Jonathan Argyll, a British art historian. When Jonathan is arrested for breaking into an obscure church in Rome, he claims that it contains a long-lost Raphael hidden under a painting by Mantini. Further investigation reveals that the painting has disappeared. Then it miraculously reappears in the hands of the top British art dealer, Edward Byrnes. How has Byrnes found out about the hidden masterpiece, and whom is he acting for? There is also the curious matter of the safety-deposit box full of sketches closely resembling certain features of the newly discovered painting. A hideous act of vandalism occurs, then murder. Bottando faces the most critical challenge of his career, and Jonathan and flavia find themselves in unexpected physical danger
The last judgement by Iain Pears( )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art dealer Jonathan Argyll has found a buyer for an 18th century painting of the death of Socrates. However when he arrives in Rome to deliver the painting, the purchaser, Mr. Muller seems disinterested in it and asks Jonathan to arrange its resale. But if he is no longer interested in the painting-- someone else is-enough to commit murder to possess it
An instance of the fingerpost by Iain Pears( Recording )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year is 1663, and the setting is Oxford, England, during the height of Restoration political intrigue. When Dr. Robert Grove is found dead in his Oxford room, hands clenched and face frozen in a rictus of pain, all the signs point to poison. Rashomon-like, the narrative circles around Grove's murder as four different characters give their version of events: Marco da Cola, a visiting Italian physician--or so he would like the reader to believe; Jack Prestcott, the son of a traitor who fled the country to avoid execution; Dr. John Wallis, a mathematician and cryptographer with a predilection for conspiracy theories; and Anthony Wood, a mild-mannered Oxford antiquarian whose tale proves to be the book's "instance of the fingerpost."
Arcadia : a novel by Iain Pears( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of the international best seller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Arcadia is an astonishing work of imagination. Three interlocking worlds. Four people looking for answers. But who controls the future--or the past? In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where Storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own--and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds. Dazzlingly inventive and deeply satisfying, Arcadia tests the boundaries of storytelling and asks: If the past can change the future, then might the future also indelibly alter the past?
The dream of Scipio by Iain Pears( Recording )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Provence at three different critical moments of Western Civilization - the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, the Black Death in the fourteenth century, and World War II in the twentieth century - this novel follows the fortunes of three men: Manlius Hippomanes a Gallic aristocrat obsessed with the preservation of Roman civilisation, Oliver de Noyen a poet and Julian Bareuve an intellectual who joins the Vichy government
 
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An instance of the fingerpost
Alternative Names
Iain Pears britský spisovatel a historik umění

Iain Pears écrivain anglais

Iain Pears englischer Kunsthistoriker und Schriftsteller

Iain Pears kunsthistoricus uit Engeland

Iain Pears storico dell'arte e scrittore inglese

Pears I. 1955-

Ен Пірс

Пирс, Йен

איאן פירס

פּירס, איאן

פירס, איאן 1955-

פירס, איאן. וייס, בועז

피어스, 이언 1955-

イアン・ペアズ

ペアズ, イアン

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Stone's fall : a novelThe dream of ScipioThe portraitThe immaculate deceptionDeath and restoration : a Jonathan Argyll mysteryGiotto's handThe Raphael affairThe Titian Committee