The Eleven Associates of Alma-Marceau

The Old School Writers Circle

A mind-bending debut novel set in the Paris art world in which, after more than five hundred years, Leonardo da Vinci is still commanding center stage. You won't believe your mind's eye…
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Anomie Publishing
Illustration :
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781910221198
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 8.66 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Against a backdrop of late capitalism, globalization, media, and surveillance, The Eleven Associates of Alma-Marceau not only asks questions about how people’s images, words, and lives are given a platform, used, and manipulated in the digital era, but also invites readers to question the very nature of what they perceive. Within this modern-day story about painting, visual communication, and how creative ideas are responded to by society, Leonardo, of course, is still ahead of the game, more than five hundred years after his death...

The Eleven Associates of Alma-Marceau is an oddly intoxicating, gently mind-blowing novel that follows a summer in the life of Adam, a promising young British painter undertaking an internship at a contemporary art museum in Paris. A strange revelation in front of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa during an evening out with an unusual group of young people who have taken Adam under their wing proves not only to be the cause of intense debate, but also to be a turning point in a series of interconnected events in which Adam finds himself caught up in much more than his own coming-of-age.

About The Author

The Old School Writers Circle is a group of friends who periodically meet up to discuss art, writing, and books. The current members studied at the same school in Birmingham, UK, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and now live in various locations around England. Famous literary alumni of the school include, somewhat eclectically, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lee Child, and Jonathan Coe, all of whom are on the circle’s ever-growing list of influences. Projects can be serious as well as playful, confronting unusual and challenging themes through stories that do not necessarily fit squarely within conventional genres.

For their debut publication, The Eleven Associates of Alma-Marceau, the starting point was a shared love of Paris and The Louvre – inspired in part by numerous trips across the Channel by members of the circle over the past twenty-five years. The other driving force was the long-standing interest of circle member Matt Price in esoterica and unusual optical phenomena in the history of painting – ideas explored and brought together by the circle in the form of this curious, engaging, and thought-provoking novel.


"A page-turner rooted in the phenomena of pareidolia...a mystery story with an arty edge. Just the thing to curl up with in front of the fire this February."

- Christie's

"At the heart of this multilayered first novel lies a fascination with the edges of perception. This is an interest of both the book's writers - a quintet of friends who met several decades ago as Birmingham schoolboys - and of the artist whose enigmatic portrait painting runs through the core of the story; Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa (c1503). "

- Art Quarterly

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