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A review of my book on Pianodao website

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 September 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

A review of my book has popped up on Pianodao, a website devoted to the piano, pianists and piano education. You can read the whole review by clicking here. For now, some excerpts: ‘Before the last rays of summer settle into the colours of autumn, let me tell you about this wonderful book, my summer […]

My book turns up in Western Australia

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 August 2021 under Books  •  Leave a comment

A reader has sent me a photo of my new book on his garden table in rural Western Australia (see photo). It’s astonishing to me to think of this book, a copy of which I have photographed on my own garden table, flying to the other side of the world to start a conversation with […]

Toppings Bookshop ‘author event’ last night

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 August 2021 under Books, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Last night I did an ‘author event’ – the first in-person event of this year – at Toppings Bookshop in Edinburgh. This bookshop, fairly new to Edinburgh, has been beautifully designed around the many interestingly-shaped rooms of the historic building. Curved wooden bookcases follow the line of the curved walls. Rolling library ladders enable you […]

Review of my book in ArtMuseLondon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 August 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

My book The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces has just been reviewed by ArtMuseLondon. Some excerpts: ‘…This book is not simply a chronology of the piano, not by any means; but rather a detailed exploration of some of the greatest music composed for the instrument as well as lesser-known gems, written from the […]

‘Literary Review’ – review of my book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 August 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

There’s a review by Gulliver Ralston of my new book in the August 2021 issue of Literary Review. As part of it is behind a paywall, some excerpts: ‘…Completed just as lockdown began in the UK last March, these short essays open worlds of sound and history, illuminating familiar and forgotten works with succinct vignettes. […]