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Songs of Triumphant Love Paperback – 9 Jul 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340933607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340933602
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Jessica Duchen writes about families, the arts and their sometimes devastating combination with such skill and passion that her books are unputdownable. It is very rarely that I find a new writer whose work I love so much.' (Katie Fforde)

'Startlingly original book . . . [Duchen's] story is not just a tale of universal human emotion but a symphony to the offbeat melodies of modern life' (Lancaster Evening Post)

'A touching story of family relationships' (Woman)

'This is a very well written study of the problem of being and having a child prodigy . . . it's a gripping read and it's very easy to get caught up in the excitement of wanting Alicia to succeed . . . I enjoyed this book a lot' (Muso on Alicia's Gift)

'Jessica Duchen's debut novel is captivating, imaginative and fascinating . . . The pace builds powerfully to a dramatic and ultimately very moving conclusion. Completely gripping!' (Tasmin Little on Rites of Spring)

'Jessica Duchen demonstrates her skill at weaving a complex study of relationships within a narrative rooted in the classical music world...recommended..' (Classical Music Magazine)

'Jessica Duchen has crafted a riveting drama set within the arts world . . . For fans of Joanna Trollope and Russian composers alike.' (Classic FM Magazine on Rites of Spring)

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"...Duchen's novel of music and memory bulges with fruity treats...a saga whose passion for music, Hungary and history sings out on every page" (Boyd Tonkin on 'Hungarian Dances')
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Hold on to your hats - this is a whirlwind of a book! A veritable panoply of characters, themes and places, it was hard to imagine how she could possibly bring them all together. But Jessica Duchen is nothing if not the master of her subplots, and all is woven together at the end in an extraordinary manner that plays havoc with your emotions. Her characters are so vividly real that the reader becomes desperate to know what happens to them - certainly this reader did! Duchen's incisive yet hauntingly poetic prose keeps you turning the pages. The story's principal character may be an opera singer, but it is about so, so much more than that. Simply wonderful.
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As always, the wonderful Jessica Duchen creates beautifully crafted, real, flawed characters whose lives you really care about. A diary from her Mother's past comes to haunt a teenage daughter and when is a daughter's ex-boyfriend truly ex? How do you ever grieve for a family lost in a war, and how and when is it possible to move on? When your entire life has been defined by your career, and it looks like that career is over, how can you possibly cope? So many plot strands entwine to create a fascinating story that keeps you totally gripped through to the final page. A great read.
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Jessica Duchen has done it again! I have read all her books, and she just gets better all the time. Songs of Triumphant Love is a compelling read, tackling themes of family, war, love and music. The characters are so real, and I felt totally immersed in their individual journeys. Jessica has a way of making you care about her characters, I desperately wanted everyone to be OK, to have their happy endings. Like another reviewer I lost sleep over the book - awake until 3am to finish it!
I can't recommend this book highly enough and have already bought copies for my daughter and a friend.
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In recent months I have given up on books by two well known authors whose new novels have droned along and sent me to sleep with boredom. No chance of that with "Songs of Triumphant Love". A skillfully woven tale whose characters have taught me much.

I'm used to reading Duchen's musical critiques, but this is the first of her novels that I have read. A versatile writer who deserves high praise.
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Jessica Duchen's latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is even better than her last one, Hungarian Dances. This book is a wonderful read. I couldn't it put down. The plotting and characterizations draw one in immediately and one gets truly involved in the lives of the characters right from the start. I really enjoyed reading it.
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I lost a huge amount of sleep over this book as I just couldn't put it down - the narrative and the characters both intrigue and delight (even if they are infuriating - on purpose - at times!). Original, captivating and stirring. Highly, highly recommended.
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