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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601457863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601457868
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,757,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Boswell was born in South London, grew up in Bristol, and completed a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He then took an Aston University postgraduate diploma in the Teaching of English as a Second or Foreign Language, and has since lived in Finland working as an English teacher. He also studied composition for several years with Einojuhani Rautavaara at the Sibelius Academy, where he now holds the post of English Lecturer. Much of his working life has been focused on developing and teaching music-related English courses for students at the Sibelius Academy. He is married, and has three children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Boneman on 7 Mar. 2010
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Simon Boswell's "The Elgar Enigmas" is a must for all Elgarians. A supernatural mystery centring around a young autistic girl who begins to "channel" what appear to be new works by the great composer, this novel is both entertaining and informative - I thought I was fairly well-read in matters Elgarian, but some of the background material was new to me.

The novel's use of puzzles and "japes" is a nice touch - I'm sure the shade of Elgar would communicate in precisely this way, inveterate prankster that he was!

The one "jape" that Simon Boswell doesn't come clean on is the characters' names. This particular puzzle featuring Nevil Basing, Winifred Royburn, Baxter Endsworth et. al. will be easily decoded by Elgar buffs, but for the casual reader its dark saying must be left unguessed.

(Might I also recommend the novel "Gerontius" by James Hamilton-Patterson; Elgar enthusiasts will be similarly bowled over by this one.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Martin on 5 May 2009
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This is a really intriguing novel that kept me wanting to read, and not put down. There are many many strands to this masterpiece which is entertaining, informative about Elgar himself, and humourous too. It was a treat to spend the bank holiday weekend with a book that proved to be such a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny Waugh on 14 Aug. 2009
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I read the author's Seven Symphonies some time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, but to my mind this book is even more special. Admittedly, I think it may help to have some knowledge of Elgar and classical music generally; also knowledge of electronics could add to enjoyment (I have very little knowledge of the latter), but it is a very accessible story and once you begin it is hard to put it down.
The characters are convincing, and even if you do not give credence to the supernatural elements, the way the story works out is both exciting and credible.
Alice, the 13 year old musical savant, comes across as a real living character. I know very little about autism, and Simon Boswell says in his afterword that she is not typical of autistic children, but she comes across as very real, and believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CB Norris on 9 May 2009
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Simon Boswell outdoes his tour de force novel THE SEVEN SYMPHONIES in this second novel. Again he creates a stunningly complex plot that repeatedly defeats expectations. His large cast of characters are lively, usually sympathetic, and intriguing. This is a feast for anyone from a music lover to an electronic whiz to anyone bemused by the occult, but especially for anyone interested in knowing more about a great composer, about autism and about savants.
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Fascinating Mix of Mystery and Biography 26 Aug. 2009
By Dr. Jean D. Fielden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Simon Boswell's second novel, The Elgar Enigmas, is a highly sophisticated romp through the romantic interests and musical masterpieces of Sir Edward Elgar, not exactly a household name in the U.S. but he is the composer of "Pomp and Circumstance," the traditional triumphant march played at every person's graduation ceremony in America. Many surreal happenings occur, ranging from cell phones that "talk" while turned off, to musical masterpieces that seemingly compose themselves in the style of Elgar. Boswell's depictions of parts of Elgar's life and musical accomplishments are based on extensive research and the composer truly comes to life as he leaps off the pages of this book. Even those who don't believe in the supernatural will enjoy the very involved interplay between past and present, real and surreal, music and life. The ending is a masterpiece of connecting the dots and tying up all the loose ends.

J. Fielden, Florida
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Gripping Mystery 16 Oct. 2009
By Dr. W. Shropshire Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This delightful and entertaining novel demonstrates Simon Boswell's skills as an author of engrossing stories. The unusual heroine of this musical mystery is an autistic musical savant who authentically plays on the piano any piece she has heard. Her family and friends are challenged in their attempts to discover how she is able even to produce an unknown original composition of the famed British composer, Elgar. Boswell in a series of flashbacks brings to bear his encyclopedic knowledge of Elgar, parapsychology, musical composition and musical criticism. One of the leading characters is a stuffy British symphony conductor who provides the occult and musical themes that both inform and delight. The mystery unfolds at a rapid pace and once again demonstrates Boswell's ability to provide an entertaining and believable suspenseful plot which ends with all the loose ends connected and a completely satisfying denouement. This novel surpasses by far his equally well-done first novel, The Seven Symphonies, and makes us look forward with anticipation to his next novel. I am sure any reader will spread the word to friends and colleagues interested in music about this finely crafted novel. It's superb.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The same drama without the blood 9 May 2009
By CB Norris - Published on Amazon.com
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Those who could not put down Boswell's first novel, THE SEVEN SYMPHONIES, are in for a equally convoluted unpredictable plot in his second novel, this one without violence and with an even more engrossing mystery. As an American, I know that graduating to "Pomp and Circumstance" means remembering that Elgar composition forever. I was delighted to learn in this novel how intriguing Elgar was--a man ahead of his age, who adored tricks and puzzles, even flirted with the occult. Boswell not only enlightens us in regard to music and musicians and to practitioners of the occult and of music technology. In the pleasant English countryside he lets us meet a young autistic savant. At her piano, without speaking a word, she changes many entangled lives and challenges everyone's pre-conceptions, especially the reader's.
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By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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I can only hope there are more stories on the way from this wonderful writer, 7 Symphonies was also fantastic!!! I hope he does more set in Finland!! A page turner, a very good read!
A master plotter 4 May 2015
By N. J. Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent read, with constant intriguing new twists. We're in the hands of a master plotter here.
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