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The Emperor Waltz


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Philip Hensher is a columnist for the Independent, arts critic for the Spectator and a Granta Best of Young British novelist. He has written eight novels, including `The Mulberry Empire' and the Booker-shortlisted `The Northern Clemency', and one collection of short stories. He lives in South London.


`A novel that is always a joy to read ... Read it and allow yourself to become a better person' Independent

`Important ... Glorious ... He might have the iconoclastic temperament of a Kandinsky, but he is an old master when he glimpses the cat asleep under the table or the curve of a woman's neck' The Times

`A glittering performance ... "The Emperor Waltz" has the depth and pleasurable density of a 19th-century fiction; I loved it' Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

`Splendidly thought out and extraordinarily readable' A S Byatt, Guardian

'A generous, courageous firework of a novel - a Roman candle, alive and fizzing in the hand' New Statesman

`A book as joyful as its musical source ... "The Emperor Waltz" is a beautiful book, both profound and funny. It is a powerful invocation to live a life of joy, surrounded by true friends' Telegraph

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