October 2018 book reviews

Connexion journalists read the latest French releases. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time

Love is Blind, William Boyd

Viking, £12.99 ISBN: 978-0-241-29594-6

The inner workings of a piano are a surprising way to start a love story but we learn a lot about what makes a piano tinkle as we meet Brodie Moncur in an Edinburgh piano manufacturer’s.

Perhaps more than most would want to, but Brodie has an excellent ear, making him a fine piano tuner and, as it happens, the perfect man to fine-tune both pianos and sales in the company’s Paris saleroom.

Instantly likeable, Brodie is the opposite of his tyrannical clergyman father and there is a sourness in their relationship that makes it easy to see why Brodie is so keen to get away.

Once he reaches France he makes an immediate impression on sales... and another man’s mistress makes an immediate impression on him.

Beautiful but ...

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