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A Forger’s Tale – Shaun Greenhalgh


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In 2007, a Judge at Bolton Crown Court sentenced Shaun Greenhalgh to four years and eight months in prison for the crime of producing artistic forgeries. Working out of a shed in his parents' garden, Greenhalgh had successfully fooled some of the world's greatest museums. During the court case, the details of his widescale activities as a forger had shocked the art world. What no one realised was how much more of the story there was to tell.

In prison, Shaun wrote a memoir detailing his career and the extraordinary circumstances that led up to it. From Leonardo drawings to L. S. Lowry paintings, from busts of American presidents to Anglo-Saxon brooches, from cutting edge Modernism to the ancient art of the Stone Age, Greenhalgh could copy it all. If anyone doubts that he was Britain's most successful creator of fakes, they will stop doubting it when they read A Forger's Tale.

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