The Choir

The Choir

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In the gentle precinct of Aldminster Cathedral, crisis loomed. The urbane and worldly Dean (Purdey guns and the regular arrival of a delivery van from Berry Brothers) wanted nothing so much as to restore and beautify his beloved Cathedral - even if it meant sacrificing the Choir School to pay for it. Alexander Troy, Headmaster of the school, a conscientious man, somewhat out of his depth with his elusive and poetical wife (once seen walking barefoot in the dew across the Cathedral Close) was determined that nothing and no-one - certainly not the overbearing Dean - should destroy the Choir. As the rift widened into machiavellian dimensions, many others found themselves caught in the schism - Leo Beckford, brilliant but wayward organist, repelling the adoration of the Dean's dreadful daughter - the gentle, left-wing Bishop, trying to soothe the angry protagonists - Sally Ashworth, mother of the leading chorister, fighting loneliness and an erring and absent husband. Each frail and human dilemma took its part in the greater turmoil of Chapter and Close and the final battle for the survival of the Choir.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552994944
  • 9780552994941
  • 191,009

About Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly readable novels often centred around the domestic nuaunces and dilemmas of life in present-day England. She has also written a number of historical novels and Britannia's Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.show more

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"A beautifully drawn portrait of Cathedral life" * Sunday Express * "One of the most interesting writers to have emerged in the past few years" -- Carla McKay * Daily Mail * "A modern Barchester Chronicle" * Sunday Telegraph * "Richly satisfying" * Evening Standard *show more

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'Richly satisfying' Evening Standard In the gentle precinct of Aldminster Cathedral, crisis looms.The urbane and worldly Dean wants nothing so much as to restore his beloved Cathedral - even if it means sacrificing the Choir School to pay for it.Alexander Troy, the school's headmaster, is determined that nothing and no one - certainly not the overbearing Dean - shall destroy the Choir. As the rift widens, many others are caught in the schism: Leo, the brilliant but wayward organist; the gentle left-wing Bishop, trying to soothe the angry protagonists; and Sally, mother of the leading chorister, fighting loneliness and an absent husband.Each frail and human dilemma took its part in the final battle for the survival of the Choir. 'A modern Barchester chronicle' Sunday Telegraphshow more

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"Richly satisfying"show more

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1,454 ratings
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4 40% (587)
3 30% (433)
2 5% (78)
1 1% (19)
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