The Music Room

Author(s): William Fiennes

Biography & Memoir

From the bestselling author of "The Snow Geese" comes a mesmerizing tribute to an adored older brother. When William Fiennes was a small boy, his parents inherited an extraordinary home: a castle full of history, secrets and strange artefacts, the perfect hunting ground for child with a brimming imagination. The family set about welcoming visitors - actors, musicians, travelling fairs, members of the public - but behind these very public scenes a more intimate drama was taking place. William's older brother, Richard, had been diagnosed with severe and debilitating epilepsy. Within the enchanted world of the house, Richard is a powerful presence: radiating wit, beguilingly eccentric, and yet also the victim of dark and violent moods. The two brothers are devoted, yet as William grows - ever more independent, ever closer to leaving this idyllic home - Richard's life becomes increasingly circumscribed. One day Will receives a phone call: 'Richard died this morning. Come and join us'. "The Music Room" captures a child's wide-eyed wonder and an adult's grief. Its incantatory prose builds a house that is almost sentient, a landscape bursting with life, and a family animated by generosity and strength. Utterly unique in its sensibility, minutely detailed and tenderly observed, it is not an elegy but a sensory tribute to home, to the workings of memory and imagination, and, above all, a transcendent lovesong for a brother.


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Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2010 and Ondaatje Prize 2010.

William Fiennes is the author of the widely-acclaimed The Snow Geese which was shortlisted for the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. He runs a charity called First Story, and lives and works in London.

General Fields

  • : 9780330507592
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : May 2009
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William Fiennes
  • : Paperback
  • : UK airside & Ireland ed
  • : 942.57085092
  • : Biography & autobiography