La's Orchestra Saves the World

La's Orchestra Saves the World : A Novel

3.68 (6,468 ratings by Goodreads)
3.68 (6,468 ratings by Goodreads)
Free delivery worldwide Expected delivery to the United States in 19-22 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.
May not be delivered to the United States by Christmas May not be delivered to the United States by Christmas


A heart-warming stand alone novel about the life-affirming powers of music and company during a time of war, from the best-selling and beloved author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

When Lavender, La to her friends, moves to the Suffolk countryside, it's not just to escape the London Blitz but also to flee the wreckage of a disastrous marriage. But as she starts to become a part of the community, she detects a sense of isolation. Her deep love of music and her desire to bring people together inspire her to start an orchestra. Little did she know that through this orchestra she would not only give hope and courage to the people of the community, but also that she would meet a man, Feliks, a shy upright Pole, who would change her life forever.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 202 x 18mm | 261g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 030747304X
  • 9780307473042
  • 515,403

Review quote

A metaphor for the transformative power of music.... crafted with the author's usual wit, wisdom and grace.
--Washington Post

A big story about love, death, identity and music.
--The Lincoln Journal Star

McCall Smith's characters are well-drawn and alive. . . . A satisfying work by a writer . . . who charms many readers.
--Providence Journal

"Beautifully precise and psychologically acute."
--The Independent, London

Delightful . . . McCall Smith once again creates unforgettable characters and a story that will resonate with readers across generations . . . A fresh and unforgettable story about the power of human kindness. Highly recommended.
--Booklist (starred review)

The evocation of war-torn England, with its palpable mood of defiance, determination and survival, is beautifully caught . . . An excellent recreation of a woman of her time.
--The Scotsman

Unlike anything else in McCall Smith's work.
--The Independent

Alexander McCall Smith writes about the enduring, patient qualities of love . . . The novel pays heed to our national yearning for a story to chew on.
--The Times (London)

A gentle and uplifting read.
--The Daily Mail
show more

About Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Vers series, and the 44 Scotland Street Series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He lives in Scotland.
show more

Rating details

6,468 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 20% (1,270)
4 39% (2,515)
3 33% (2,127)
2 8% (486)
1 1% (70)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X