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David Abbott began his career as an advertising copywriter and went on to found one of the U.K.’s outstanding advertising agencies, Abbott Mead Vickers. He is widely recognized as one of the industry’s most deservedly celebrated creative directors. This book, many years in the making, is his first novel.
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010.The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. Click here to find out more. An ordinary man, nearing retirement, finds a random act of violence against him starts to unravel a sequence of events that could shatter the well ordered structure of his life so far. An interesting and thoughtful debut.
In Pakistan, you will learn that Pakistan occupies a very important strategic position on the world map and has been shaped by its relations with its neighbors and other powerful nations. It is a country where extremism competes with moderation in terms of climate, geography, religion, politics, wealth, and poverty.
Henry Cage seemed to have it all. A successful business career, considerable wealth, and a reputation for being a just and principled man. But public virtues can conceal private failings, and as Henry faces retirement, his well-ordered life begins to unravel. On the eve of the new millennium he is the victim of a random act of violence which soon escalates into a prolonged persecution, with tragic consequences. Family secrets are revealed, and when his ex-wife Nessa summons Henry to Palm Beach, he realises that there is little time to redress the mistakes of the past. The Upright Piano Player explores with a tender, yet unflinching eye the small but devastating flaws in human nature that can shape our destinies.