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After this intriguing first chapter, Wheen starts with Bach's childhood as a boy in Hungary. From there we follow Karoly Hajdu (as he was then) through several changes of name, profession, and identity. To say more would spoil the many revelations dotted throughout the book but Wheen paints a colourful picture of what sounds like a rather unpleasant person. The reader is also sent back in time to post-war England, the Rachmanism of fifties London, and the intellectual milieu of seventies Hampstead. An added highlight is the glorious full-page colour photos of Hajdu experimenting with various female identities against the backdrop of a typical sixties flat.
NB: this book was first published in hardback with the title Who Was Dr. Charlotte Bach?
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