Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
A heart-warming stand alone novel about the life-affirming powers of music and company during a time of war, from the best-selling and beloved author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. When Lavender, La to her friends, moves to the Suffolk countryside, it's not just to escape the London Blitz but also to flee the wreckage of a disastrous marriage. But as she starts to become a part of the community, she detects a sense of isolation. Her deep love of music and her desire to bring people together inspire her to start an orchestra. Little did she know that through this orchestra she would not only give hope and courage to the people of the community, but also that she would meet a man, Feliks, a shy upright Pole, who would change her life forever.
** 'The evocation of war-torn England, with its palpable mood of defiance, determination and survival, is beautifully caught' SCOTSMAN ** 'Alexander McCall Smith writes about the enduring, patient qualities of love ... the novel pays heed to our natural yearning for a story to chew on' THE TIMES ** 'A gentle and uplifting read' DAILY MAIL Books of the Year ** 'Beautifully precise and psychologically acute' INDEPENDENT ** 'The endearing, lovingly told story of a resourceful young Englishwoman who shakes her fist in Hitler's terrifying face' Books of the Year, HERALD
Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-five languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.