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“A tremendously imaginative novel that’s really several novels in one, for beneath its sparkling surface there are some very murky depths. A wonderfully disquieting read.” —Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger
“This is one of the few novels I have read that is truly musical. Wesley Stace is a brilliant and intensely original writer and this is his most unusual book yet.” —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife
“A gripping narrative that twists and turns to the end...By far the most confident musical fiction I have read in years.” —Norman Lebrecht, New Statesman (UK)
“Wesley Stace’s tale of music and murder is a baroque intellectual thriller, wittily erudite and psychologically astute.” —Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise
“We might have predicted that Wesley Stace---a fine novelist and a fine musician---would one day write a novel about music, but could we have predicted that it would be so brilliant? The dialogue sparkles, the prose glimmers, and for once you leave a novel not just haunted by the characters and the story, but humming the tunes.” —Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotters’ Club
“[Stace’s] twisty plot of jealousy and murder unfolds with Nabokovian precision during Britain’s early twentieth-century folk and early music revival.” —Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Financial Times (UK)
“Recalls one of the greatest and saddest novels of the period, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier and follows the tradition of great novels of imaginary music.” —Roz Kaveney, The Times Literary Supplement (UK)
This novel is a very welcome addition to historical fiction and I highly recommend it.
Just when I thought I knew what was going on and that it might start to bore me, the book twisted deeper into both the characters and their stories.
The biggest thing of several that hooked me was the voice of the narrator, music critic Leslie Shepherd.
I am an avid reader; however, I tend not to stray into the realm of historical fiction. Considering how compelling his last two novels were, I knew that I would be reading... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roy Opochinski
This is one of those "and now you know the rest of the story" stories, where the narrative is once given and then given again, to show us what we the readers weren't privy to the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ReasonableGoatPerson
I personally did not read this book,but heard wonderful things about it from several sources.I gave it as a gift and she found it a wonderful book,with a big surprise twist at the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ruth schreck
If you like classical music (especially opera), and if you enjoy witty Brits bantering and tossing epigrams around, you need to read this novel. Read morePublished 13 months ago by adorian
I rarely stop reading a book halfway through, but when it hasn't moved a smidgen since the first page, I just can't take any more. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Grumpy Reader
Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) is one great story teller. And a great song writer. And a great singer. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Maryka Biaggio
Where do I begin with such a unique novel?
Firstly, it does not suit everyone. It's long, incredibly detailed, intricate and not meant to be read in one sitting. Read more
I bought this on a whim while I was doing my Christmas shopping. I had never heard of the book or the author. After reading the first chapter I can't wait to finish. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alicia
Highly recommended but not for everyone. You will learn a great deal about the musical world (folk/classical/opera) in early-20th century England. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Mastrogiacomo