Lovejoy (novel series)

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For British television series, see Lovejoy.

Lovejoy is a series of picaresque novels by John Grant (under the pen name Jonathan Gash) about the adventures of Lovejoy, a British antiques dealer and faker based in East Anglia. A less than scrupulous yet likeable rogue, Lovejoy has a reputation in the antiques trade as a "divvie" (possibly derived from "diviner"[citation needed] although several of the books[citation needed] question this), meaning one with an almost supernatural talent for recognising exceptional items as well as for distinguishing fakes or forgeries from genuine antiques. Lovejoy's first name is never mentioned in the books. In the TV series based on the novels, he insists on being addressed by all solely as "Lovejoy".

Television adaptation[edit]

Main article: Lovejoy

From 1986 to 1994 a television adaptation of the books was produced airing 73 episodes in total. The first series, aired in 1986, remained close to the books while from the second series onwards it began to develop its own identity.


  • The Judas Pair (1977)
  • Gold from Gemini (1978), U.S. edition: Gold by Gemini (1979)
  • The Grail Tree (1979)
  • Spend Game (1981)
  • The Vatican Rip (1981)
  • Firefly Gadroon (1982)
  • The Sleepers of Erin (1984)
  • The Gondola Scam (1984)
  • Pearlhanger (1985)
  • The Tartan Ringers (1986), U.S. edition: The Tartan Sell (1986)
  • Moonspender (1988)
  • Jade Woman (1988)
  • The Very Last Gambado (1989)
  • The Great California Game (1991)
  • The Lies of Fair Ladies (1992)
  • Paid and Loving Eyes (1993)
  • The Sin within Her Smile (1993)
  • The Grace in Older Women (1995)
  • The Possessions of a Lady (1996)
  • The Rich and the Profane (1998)
  • A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair (1999)
  • Every Last Cent (2000)
  • Ten Word Game (2003)
  • Faces in the Pool (2008)