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‘Maurice Guest’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 December 2014 under Books, Musings  •  3 Comments

Readers who followed my enthusiastic recommendation of ‘The Real Charlotte’ may be interested in another recommendation from the same period. I’ve just finished reading ‘Maurice Guest’, published in 1908 by Henry Handel Richardson, the pseudonym of Ethel Richardson, an Australian novelist. It’s a book I’ve been trying to find for ages, because from time to time […]

Kyung Wha Chung’s response to coughing

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 December 2014 under Books, Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Lots of people have written to me today about coughing. Why? Because of a BBC News report about violinist Kyung-Wha Chung’s comeback recital at the Festival Hall in London. She was disturbed by a child coughing in the audience, and remonstrated with the parents. Her response to the coughing divided the audience. Some were shocked or […]

Classical Music ‘Books of the Year’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 December 2014 under Books, Reviews  •  2 Comments

My book ‘Sleeping in Temples’ has been named as one of the ‘Books of the Year’ by Classical Music magazine.  In November it was their ‘Editor’s Choice’ with a five-star review, and now in December it has been upgraded to one of the ten ‘books of the year’. What a fabulous Christmas present! The November review of my book […]

Reviews update

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 November 2014 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Three more mentions of my new book have appeared this weekend: Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker and eminent music blogger, includes it in his ‘Recommendations‘. Frances Wilson reviews it in her Cross-Eyed Pianist blog: ‘This absorbing and insightful book will delight and inspire musicians and music-lovers’. And broadcaster Sheena MacDonald chooses it […]

BBC Music Magazine review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 November 2014 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

I’m very happy to hear that my new book ‘Sleeping in Temples’ is the Books Choice in the Christmas 2014 issue of BBC Music.  ‘Rare insight. Susan Tomes illuminates at the piano and on the page.’ ‘Susan Tomes compares her first encounter with chamber music as akin to Dorothy’s flight from her black-and-white homestead to the Technicolor land of the […]

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