Leonard Lessing once cast a spell on stage, hypnotizing crowds with his improvised jazz, easy in his music, at home in the moment.
Now, home is somewhere he never leaves. His sax is silent, his marriage faltering, his stepdaughter vanished, and his life shrinking -- until one afternoon the TV brings news he can't ignore.
A figure from his firebrand past has arrived in town, with hair-raising results.
Can Leonard face the limelight one last time? 'Rich, cleverly constructed ...a funny, heartwarming and hugely enjoyable read' Herald 'All That Follows sends an artist in the doldrums on a quest to recover his valour.
Crace writes gloriously' Independent 'Alive and kicking ...Crace writes with real feel and imagination about music' Sunday Times 'Blending comedy with a touch of pathos, this is an unexpectedly joyful novel' Daily Mail
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 06/05/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330445658
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Review by bodachliath
An interesting book juxtaposing jazz with fringe politics and family life, and plenty of insight into modern society. The future setting seems there largely to give the right distance between the two halves of the story - Crace's future Britain doesn't require any great imaginative leaps. Like everything I've read by Jim Crace, it is beautifully written too.