The #TFBookClub reads ‘The Italian Teacher’ by Tom Rachman set in LONDON, NEW YORK CITY, ROME & the SOUTH OF FRANCE

10th March 2019

Thank you for joining us as we read The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman, set in LONDON, NEW YORK, ROME & the SOUTH OF FRANCE (March/April 2019).

The Italian Teacher

We hope you enjoy reading this wickedly funny and deeply touching exploration of the art world.

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  1. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 10/03/2019 at 5:04 pm



  2. User: Denise Price

    Posted on: 14/03/2019 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for my copy of The Italian Teacher, which I’ve just started to read and am enjoying so far.


  3. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 16/03/2019 at 10:55 am

    I was looking forward to reading this book, but for me, sadly this was just not gripping. I nearly gave up halfway but persevered till the end, however I just didn’t connect with the characters or the story line.


  4. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 16/03/2019 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for my copy of The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman. Not an author I’d read before. Loved the cover, and wish I could say the same of the book. I couldn’t get into the beginning, the names Bear and Pinch were off-putting for some reason. I have to confess I flicked through and picked it up halfway in when it seemed to flow better. Perhaps it’s one of those books you really need to be in a certain mood to read. Having said all that I’ll certainly try another of Tom Rachman’s novels.


  5. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 18/03/2019 at 5:28 pm

    Many thanks for my copy. The cover is lovely and although I can’t say I’m gripped yet, the writing is very good and I think I’ll persevere. (I’m about a third of the way through.) Pinch is quite an interesting character. To me, Bear, his selfish artist father, and Natalie, his flaky potter mother, are a bit stereotypical, but I imagine they will fade from the story.


  6. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 18/03/2019 at 9:02 pm

    It took me a while to get into this book but once it got going I enjoyed it. Bear was an egotistic and self centred man, How on earth did he get so many wives and lovers? I suppose he had charisma! I felt sorry for the way Bear treated and belittled Pinch and for the failure of Pinch’s early relationships because of his lack of confidence, I don’t want to give the story away but I certainly did enjoy the developments .


  7. User: Tina

    Posted on: 18/03/2019 at 9:07 pm

    Many thanks for the complimentary copy. I had a hate/love reaction to the book: On the one hand I hated Bear and his domineering, self-centred ways to all those around him; on the other, I wanted to persevere to see if he would get his come-uppance, ideally at the hands of Pinch! In the end, the style and plot were sufficiently intriguing to sustain my interest to the end.


  8. User: Helen Clayton

    Posted on: 19/03/2019 at 7:12 am

    Ive just finished this original and moving book. After weeks of reading a completely different genre I approached this one with a little trepidation-within a few chapters it totally absorbed me. At times I wanted to shout and badger Pinch to step away from his slavish devotion to the selfish Bear, to see through Bears total disregard for the feelings of others. The journey through life for Pinch, the sadness and stifling mediocre was largely of his own making-his timidity infuriated me. But oh-what a triumphant later life Pinch led-albeit a secretive one! It made me laugh and cry and I even through Rachman’s writing began to see the pathetic nature of an aged Bear. I’m surprised I enjoyed this one so much-and I’m already missing the memorable character of Marsden who was was wonderfully drawn.


  9. User: Sarah Boyce

    Posted on: 20/03/2019 at 10:33 pm

    I am really enjoying this book. I am about three quarters of the way through and don’t want it to end, though I’m also dying to see what happens with the sold painting! I think this is the first time in a while I’ve enjoyed the writing itself rather than plot alone whilst reading, it’s so vibrant and the characters so well drawn and believable.



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