I Was Vermeer

  • by Frank Wynne
  • Narrated by Richard Burnip
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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

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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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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-11-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd