Domino by Ross King

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By the author of the acclaimed Brunelleschi's Dome.

After meeting the mysterious and beautiful Lady Beauclair at a society ball, George Cautley, a hapless young artist adrift in the gilded world of 1770s London, paints her portrait. She, in turn, tells him the scandalous story of Tristano, a castrato singer in Handel's opera company fifty years before. But Cautley also meets the eminent painter Sir Endymion Starker that same evening and his mistress, Eleanora, who has another tragic tale to tell, one that will have George unwittingly re-enacting the fate of Tristano...


About Ross King

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Ross King is the author of Brunelleschi's Dome, a highly praised account of how the Renaissance architect Brunelleschi constructed the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence (voted Non-Fiction Book of the Year by American Independent Booksellers in 2001), as well as The Judgement of Paris, Leonardo and the Last Supper and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling. He has also written two novels, Domino and Ex Libris. He lives in Oxford.
Published July 3, 1995 by Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd. 400 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Artifice, portraiture, and gender confusion, these are the assiduously interwoven themes of a busy historical novel (originally published in England in 1995), the first written by the Canadian-born British author of Ex-Libris (2001) and the nonfiction Brunelleschi's Dome (2000).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Domino

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This record of an artist's adventures in the demimonde of 18th-century London, by the author of Brunelleschi's Dome and Ex-Libris

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Fats Domino offered just a taste of music during the all-star benefit concert held in his honor on Thursday at the Chelsea nightclub Pink Elephant.

Nov 10 2007 | Read Full Review of Domino

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Set mostly in the 17th century, this story ambitiously attempts a writing style reminiscent of novels of the period.

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Reviewing the Evidence

It's 1812 and aging artist George Cautley is telling the story of his youth in decadent 1770s London to an enthralled young man.

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Beneath the humor is a dark streak, and the elderly narrator, an aged Cautley, has the same air of ennui and malice as those he encountered in his youth.A native of Canada who now lives and teaches in England, King is the author of a previous novel, Ex-Libris, which tells the story of a bookselle...

Dec 05 2016 | Read Full Review of Domino

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