Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale’s novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.
1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother’s quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.
When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice.
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‘This warm and humane novel is not only about love but also the value of art.’ Subday Times