Foreign Rights: “Mackintoshs Atem”


»Mackintoshs Atem«, literally translated as »Mackintosh’s Breath« is a novel. It recounts the story of the turbulent life of one of the most fascinating design artists of the 19th Century, tracing Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s footsteps from a school boy right up to his tragic and early death. Based on biographical facts, enriched with original documents and introducing famous characters the story becomes a well-founded, exciting and vivid narrative of the times.

ISBN 978-3-942181-87-7
Cover-Illustration: (C) Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow School of Art
464 pages


Reading and writing are difficult. He is in poor health. The boy has a tendency to rage attacks. He just wants to draw. His father believes in discipline. His mother thinks he is destined for greater things.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is going to be an architect, a designer and painter. His art does not follow a classical style, it has spirit. His buildings, interiors and art works confuse, provoke or inspire people. International magazines report enthusiastically about the Glasgow Style. At home in Scotland people shake their heads in disbelief.

Mackintosh hates to compromise. He is fighting against established doctrine, his critics, his colleagues, his customers, the circumstances of the time and also his explosive nature. He does not want to leave his country, but to survive he is forced to reinvent himself. Margaret, his wife and fellow artist, remains loyal to him. Friends and patrons likewise. Without love and friendship the story of Mackintosh would be a very different one.

The author

Karen Grol

Karen Grol was born in Germany in 1964. She studied printing technology at the »Hochschule der Künste« in Berlin. She worked as an engineer, IT manager and consultant before founding her own publishing company. After more than 10 years of book publishing she has written her first novel, a project of the heart, which illustrates her love of Scotland and an extraordinary artist. Karen is a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Glasgow.

Foto: (C) Sarah Morton Photography

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