The Song Collector

The absorbing story of a post-war love affair, and the moving bond between a grandfather and his musically gifted grandson   The Song Collector Author: Natasha Solomons ISBN: 9781444736397 Literary Fiction Published by: Hachette NZ Paperback In 1946, the Fox-Talbot family eagerly return to Hartgrove Hall, their beloved home in rural Dorset. But the once grand house and estate have fallen into near-ruin and bankruptcy looms. The three brothers plan to save the house together, though eighteen-year-old Harry's heart lies with music and he devotes himself instead to tracking down ancient folksongs. Then Harry falls for his brother's fiancee, celebrated wartime singer…

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The absorbing story of a post-war love affair, and the moving bond between a grandfather and his musically gifted grandson

 

  • The Song Collector
  • Author: Natasha Solomons
  • ISBN: 9781444736397
  • Literary Fiction
  • Published by: Hachette NZ
  • Paperback

SongCollector

In 1946, the Fox-Talbot family eagerly return to Hartgrove Hall, their beloved home in rural Dorset. But the once grand house and estate have fallen into near-ruin and bankruptcy looms. The three brothers plan to save the house together, though eighteen-year-old Harry’s heart lies with music and he devotes himself instead to tracking down ancient folksongs. Then Harry falls for his brother’s fiancee, celebrated wartime singer Edie Rose, forcing him to choose between love and duty. Five decades on, Harry, now a renowned composer, is mourning his wife Edie’s recent death. When he discovers his four-year-old grandson’s extraordinary gift for the piano, they form a bond that draws Harry out of his grief. As Robin’s talent leads him into the limelight, Harry becomes immersed in both the trials and joys of raising a child prodigy. Moving back and forth between past and present, this is the emotional story of one man’s passion for music and the importance of connection – with lovers, friends, family and tradition – as well as a warm and often humorous portrait of the relationship between raw talent, performance and fame.

 

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  1. I would love the chance to read and review this book!

  2. Your facebook link for Hachett NZ seems to be wrong…

  3. Review sent in by Andrea

    You know a book’s good when you begin casting the movie in your mind. By the time I finished “The Song Collector” by Natasha Solomons, (published by Hachette NZ, 2015), I should have received a salary as a casting agent from a future film-maker.
    Fox is part of a love triangle – but not your typical situation, as he’s in love with his brother’s wife – and, as it turns out, she is in love with him.
    But this book is much more than a soppy love story – it’s about the love of home, music and family relationships.
    The three Fox-Talbot sons return to their stately home after serving in World War II to find their ancestral pile in the midst of decay. Needing to save their home, the sons make the decision to farm the estate themselves – which sets each brother into a different way of life.
    For Fox, the youngest brother and the song collector of the title, it means exile – as his older brother Jack marries Edie and brings her home, unrequited love for her drives Fox into exile. He makes his living through his beloved music and tries to put things behind him… until he meets up with Edie again.
    Leap forward to the present day and the elderly, bereaved Fox is desperately trying to find a reason to keep living – when he discovers his grandson is a musical prodigy. The difficult child and the old man are not a natural fit, but each gives something to the other – and the wheel turns full circle.
    This is a super book, engaging and thought-provoking. Readers who love family sagas would be well advised to get hold of a copy.

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