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‘Pick of 2010’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 November 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

My book ‘Out of Silence’ has been chosen by The Independent as one of the ‘best books for Christmas – our pick of 2010’. I’m told by my publisher that this has led to …. well, if not a surge exactly, then a ‘bijou surgette’ in orders on Amazon. Hooray! The Independent’s literary editor, Boyd Tonkin, said: ‘..In […]

Something Good

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

What a pleasure to hear the John Wilson Orchestra in their Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom, which I heard on television. John Wilson’s arrangements are simply spellbinding. His hand-picked orchestra, with many individually distinguished musicians playing in it, reminded me of the old joke that ‘the ideal orchestra would have Jascha Heifetz as its leader.’ ‘No, […]

Independent review of new music books

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 July 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Today’s Independent newspaper has a review of new books on music, with several paragraphs devoted to mine. Click here if you’d like to read the article by the Independent’s literary editor Boyd Tonkin.

The Oldie magazine review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 July 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Richard Osborne devotes a large part of his Music column in ‘The Oldie’ magazine (Summer 2010) to my new book. As I don’t have a picture of the magazine I’ve chosen instead an illustration of an real oldie, one of the 700-year-old oaks in Richmond Park. Richard Osborne writes in The Oldie: ‘Pianist and five-star essayist […]

More book reviews

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 June 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Two more reviews of my book ‘Out of Silence’ have appeared. As neither is online, here’s a glimpse of what they said: ‘In my experience, highly gifted musicians often find it extremely difficult to articulate their ideas about music and reveal the secrets of their craft through writing. Not so Susan Tomes. Her latest book, […]