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on 20 April 2014
This book is very hard to categorize. It's ostensibly an historical fiction about a group of girls in the run up to a showcase concert. But it's so much more than that, It's a novel full of sex, but sex in all its guises and forms. It's a novel of fantastic characters from Alathea and Annie to Monsiuer and the fathers and mothers - all leap off the page. It's a novel about class. However, that this is truly a novel of power. Powerful writing, powerful politics at play by the fathers, aiming to marry their daughters well, power of subversion, power of love, power of lust and the power of music. It's an excellent read - perfect for a summer holiday.
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on 13 September 2014
Disturbing and very well-written. I was not convinced by the ending, but greatly enjoyed the plot. The characters seemed at times perhaps rather modern in their outlook and conversation but this didn't matter. Well worth reading.
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on 16 April 2017
Surprising, sly and delightful. Katie lifts the demure petticoats of the burgeoning Georgian merchant classes and shows grasping ambition, jealousy and bawdiness. Deserves to be a well read as Peter Suskind's Perfume written with a gimlet yet compassionate eye for human foibles and travails
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on 18 March 2014
Full of memorable characters, with great historical background detail and a gripping plot, this story is audacious, seeped in dark humour... a tragi-comedy with some deep comments about human nature and society.
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on 3 March 2014
This is set in London during the French revolution. The descriptions of the concerns, lives, clothing and surroundings of upwardly mobile families are brilliant, as are those of everything to do with pianos, - in particular manufacture, music, playing and their novel status at the time. The writing is very fine, with shrewd observations of motives.
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on 17 November 2015
great plot
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on 22 September 2014
This is such a good insight in to class and snobbery, and what can go wrong when they become ruling ambitions.
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on 25 June 2014
The book is full of thoroughly vile characters, most of whom get what is coming to them in some shape or form. That said there is a sense of warmth and humour throughout - I loved reading this and was disappointed when I got to the end because I wanted to read more.
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on 15 August 2015
This is a fantastic read. It starts a bit slow but it's wonderful. Funny and inspiring
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on 15 March 2014
An unusual read but a good one. The story of six young girls, discovering music, sex and love. I found it hard to relate to some of the girls whereas others were very vivid. On the whole well worth reading.
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