Books by Ross King

Born and raised in Canada, Ross King has lived in England since 1992. In 2002—03, two books of his were published in the United States, Domino, about the world of masquerades and opera in 18th century London and the New York Times bestselling Michela


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"King elegantly reveals the soul of a great artist, the last impressionist standing at the end of one of history's most remarkable art movements."
A vivid account of Claude Monet (1840-1926) facing his greatest artistic challenge in the last years of his life. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Thankfully, King's book is an impressive work of restoration—the author helps readers see this painting for the first time."
An absorbing study of a disappearing masterpiece. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"King illustrates that the clash of ideas is even more exciting than the clang of swords."
A fluid, engaging account of how the conflicting careers of two French painters—the popular establishment favorite Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier and the oft-reviled newcomer Édouard Manet—reveal the slow emergence of Impressionism and its new view of painting and the world. Read full book review >
MICHELANGELO AND THE POPE’S CEILING by Ross King
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Readers looking for the lite version of this tale may still want to fire up the VCR and watch Charlton Heston chew the scenery. Those seeking a richer understanding of Renaissance art-making will find this a pleasure."
A legend-busting, richly detailed account of the four-year making of the Sistine Chapel frescos. Read full book review >
DOMINO by Ross King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, quite diverting and entertaining, even if less accomplished than the dazzling Ex-Libris."
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). Read full book review >
EX-LIBRIS by Ross King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2001

"Readers who willingly lost themselves in Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost should know that King has written its entirely worthy successor."
An unusually literate historical mystery—the imposingly accomplished second novel from the Canadian-born British author of the nonfiction Brunelleschi's Dome (p. 1261) involves a mild-mannered London bookseller in a scholarly search that rapidly mutates into a dauntingly labyrinthine intrigue Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A compelling (if a touch overly detailed) look at Florence, its architecture, and one of its artisans."
Novelist King (Ex Libris, not reviewed) takes us to Florence, half a millennium ago. Read full book review >