Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Speaking the Piano is a ‘Books of the Year’ choice

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 November 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

Good news at the weekend about my book ‘Speaking the Piano‘: it has been chosen as one of the Books of the Year by the Financial Times and by the Sunday Times. ‘An all-embracing exploration of how to make music come alive’ (Financial Times, 24 Nov 2018) ‘Studded with gems of insight … a must-read […]

Robert Philip’s new book: a playlist and an interview

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 November 2018 under Books  •  2 Comments

As I’m the one with the website, I’m helping to do some publicity about my husband Robert Philip’s epic study of orchestral music, The Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music, just out from Yale University Press (see photo of the author with his book). Two new things to read and listen to: 1. Robert […]

Robert Philip’s ‘Companion to Orchestral Music’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 October 2018 under Books, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

It’s a great moment in our household because my husband Robert Philip’s epic study of orchestral music is about to be published by Yale University Press. Pre-ordered copies have started to land on people’s doormats, probably with a thud. The Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music has been thirteen years in the writing. At […]

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s ‘Childhood Memories’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 August 2018 under Books, Musings  •  1 Comment

I’ve been reading the ‘Childhood Memories’ (published 1958) of Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa, the Sicilian aristocrat and author of ‘The Leopard‘, an award-winning Italian novel published posthumously and later made into a film starring Burt Lancaster. Lampedusa’s memoirs concern life in his family’s Sicilian home – or homes – at the start of the 20th […]

First customer review of my book on Amazon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 August 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

One never knows whether to fear or look forward to ‘customer reviews’ on Amazon. Ever since a couple of high-profile rows involving well-known authors hiding behind false names in order to rubbish their rivals’ work on Amazon, we’ve all been alerted to the possibility that customer reviews may not be what they seem. At the […]