John Suchet is very well known for his love of Beethoven and has written five other books on Beethoven's life, all of which are incredible. This latest work has clearly been the culmination of years more research and trips around the world to bring us more facts about Beethoven and bring him to life before our eyes. Firstly, the presentation of the book is beautiful. It has a very smart front cover and inside has beautiful illustrations and chapter title pages throughout. The content is a fascinating insight into Beethoven's life starting with a little family history from before he was born. Whether you know nothing about Beethoven or are well read about him, John Suchet writes in a captivating style so it is impossible to put down. In a recent tv interview he said that there are details about Beethoven's life which have never been published before in English, not that I know which ones they are in the book. This is such an interesting biography and you will find yourself sharing the emotions throughout. Having always been a fan of Beethoven's music I wanted to learn more about him, and from loving John Suchet's other books I knew this would be no different. For most of the book I was reading it with John's voice narrating it as he has such an excellent and friendly broadcasting voice. There are no better books out there on Beethoven, although being ever-modest and humble John Suchet lists some books within that he himself deems excellent for scholastic reading.
I highly recommend this read to everyone and will no doubt go back to it time and again throughout the rest of my life. I would also highly recommend reading John Suchet's The Treasures of Beethoven and The Last Master trilogy, both of which are also fascinating. Thank you John Suchet for sharing your passion with us and delivering yet another treasure!