The Concert Pianist

The Concert Pianist

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Philip Morahan is a great pianist who cannot play the piano. A record deal looms, a recital series is nigh, but Philip can barely look at the instrument. For suddenly it seems as though the sacrifices he has made in the name of his art have cost too much. At fifty two he is single, childless, wretchedly alone. Music has kept him from life. And when a bad review calls even his achievement as a pianist into question, he is in freefall. In the turmoil that follows, Philip's quest to reconcile the needs of the man and the compulsions of the musician leads to a headlong unravelling, comic in its indignity. He is thoroughly deconstructed by ex-girlfriends, challenged by his protege, all but tortured by his agent - mere preparation for the real task. To recover the power of his talent, and the capacity for love, Philip must first draw close to the central tragedy of his life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 560g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747580898
  • 9780747580898

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Praise for SEX & GENIUS by Conrad Williams, published by Bloomsbury, 2002: 'A gripping piece of work, written with style and panache.' Sunday Telegraph 'Enthralling compelling An accomplished debut, bringing ideas about principles into the ultimate modern day setting.' Big Issue 'Absorbingly interesting, tense The Hollywood grotesques provide darkly comic relief, their brittle world drawn convincingly and colourfully.' TLS 'Gripping, intelligent and highly enjoyable' The Timesshow more

About Conrad Williams

Conrad Williams was born in Winnipeg and lives in Willesden. He read English and Law at Cambridge, qualified as a barrister and now works as a film agent. Conrad's first novel, Sex & Genius, was published by Bloomsbury in 2002. He is married with two children.show more

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"Praise for SEX&GENIUS by Conrad Williams, published by Bloomsbury, 2002: 'A gripping piece of work, written with style and panache." (Sunday Telegraph)show more

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24 ratings
3.08 out of 5 stars
5 4% (1)
4 21% (5)
3 58% (14)
2 12% (3)
1 4% (1)
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