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The Song of Names


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Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read modern commentators on music, culture, and politics. His Wednesday column in the (London) Evening Standard and on the internet has been described as "required reading". His BBC Radio 3 show, "Lebrecht Live", attracts web-listeners from Buenos Aires to Budapest. His many books include The Maestro Myth, When the Music Stops, Mahler Remembered, and Covent Garden: The Untold Story. The Song of Names is his first novel.


Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award

"Delightful. . . reveals an author full of knowledge, invention and passion. . . . A lovely book." - The Telegraph (London) "Compelling humanity . . . deliciously caught. . . . Conjured with exceptional vividness." - The Evening Standard (London) "The music-biz interludes intrigue and convince. Lebrecht . . . always knows the score."-- The Independent (London) "An unusually impressive first novel." - The Spectator

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