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'[An] up-all-night page-turner... conveying the extraordinary life-saving properties of music, and hope' Observer.
'An extraordinary period of history brought into proximity by a daring novelist... Superbly imagined and brilliantly realised' Lloyd Jones.
'Deserves to be mentioned alongside Jane Smiley, Andrea Levy and Rose Tremai' Sunday Herald.
'Extraordinary ... a symphony on the power of love - the love of music, home, family, city... A triumph on every level' New Zealand Herald.
Sarah Quigley is a New Zealand-born novelist, poet and critic. She has a D.Phil. in Literature from the University of Oxford, and has won several awards for her writing. Since winning the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers Residency in 2000, Quigley has been based in Berlin.
I really enjoyed this - a fictionalised account of the writing of Shostakovich's famous Leningrad Symphony. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Conor Dooley
A moving account through the eyes of musical survivors of one of the most terrible times in history, fascinating and descriptivePublished 13 months ago by Deirdre
Having read a number of books on the period and location, I was disappointed both in the style and content. Read morePublished 14 months ago by DC
This beautifully written story, quiet and moving ,.realistically portraits a boy moving from a humble agricultural background to a world of learning. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ann
This is a truly great book. Great as in the sense of good, inspirational, deeply moving yet unsentimental. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tweedledum