La's Orchestra Saves the World

La's Orchestra Saves the World

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By (author) Alexander McCall Smith

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 192mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349122059
  • ISBN 13: 9780349122052
  • Sales rank: 53,263

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With a failed marriage behind her, La -- short for Lavender -- moves to the Suffolk countryside on the eve of the Second World War to nurse her broken heart. Lonely and at a loss, a friend encourages her to bring the villagers and the men from the local airbase together by forming an amateur orchestra. One of her musician recruits is Feliks, a handsome and enigmatic Polish refugee. A friendship begins to blossom between the two, and La finds her feelings stirring to life again. Poignant, tender and inspiring, La's Orchestra Saves the World celebrates the power of love and friendship in the shadow of the collective tragedy of war, as well as the extraordinary healing power of music.

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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.

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** '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