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An unexpected pairing

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 January 2010 under Books, Daily Life, Inspirations, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

A most unexpected and heartwarming New Year gift arrived today in the form of a comment made in a Times book review by the distinguished cellist Natalie Clein. Reviewing a new book on Bach’s cello suites, she muses on the difficulty of writing about music, and says, ‘The most successful writers are often musicians themselves […]

No more tweaking

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 January 2010 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

I spent most of yesterday correcting the page-proofs of my new book and twitching with frustration. My electronic copy of the page-proofs is ‘read only’. I cannot type on it or make any alterations. Any mistakes have to be listed separately and sent to the publisher. It’s a process akin to listening to the ‘first […]

News of my new book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 December 2009 under Books, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

I’m delighted to announce that my third book, ‘Out of Silence’, will be published by Boydell and Brewer in March 2010. Boydell, who specialise in history books, published my first book,  ‘Beyond the Notes’, in 2004. Since then, they’ve developed a very strong music list and are now a leading independent publisher of books on classical music and […]

The changing popularity of accents

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 December 2009 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Here are Eva Hoffman, Janice Galloway and me at the Royal Festival Hall discussing what it’s like to write about music and musicians. Janice got us all laughing, and it turned into a fun evening. We three speakers all said something about why we wanted to write about music; we read extracts from our books, […]

Three women writers on music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 December 2009 under Books, Concerts, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

I’m looking forward to taking part in a literature event at the South Bank on Monday evening at 7.45pm. The novelist Eva Hoffman has invited fellow novelist Janice Galloway and me to join her in a discussion of what it’s like to write about music. I don’t really know either of them except through their […]