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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2009.
Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "A beautifully-written evocation of place, loss and family."
William Fiennes' account of growing up at Broughton Castle is charming and full of detail. It makes all those childhood dreams of growing up in ones own castle come flooding back. Along with this though is the story of Williams's brother Richard who suffered from epilepsy and despite the stresses this caused the family there is an overwhelming feeling of love throughout. A sensitively and honestly told memoir
Our house was almost seven hundred years old . . .
William Fiennes spent his childhood in a magical place, a moated castle, the perfect environment for a child with a brimming imagination. It is a house alive with history, beauty and mystery, but the young boy growing up in it is equally in awe of his brother Richard. Eleven years older and a magnetic presence, Richard suffers from severe epilepsy. His energy influences the rhythms of the family and the house’s internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with loving recollection, towards an understanding of the mind.
This is a song of home, of an adored brother and of the miracle of consciousness. The chill of the ‘dark historical spaces’ coexists with the warmth and chatter of the family kitchen, and the surrounding landscapes are distinguished by ancient trees, secret haunts, the moat’s depths and temptations. Bursting with tender detail, and combining humour, pathos and wisdom, The Music Room is a sensuous tribute to place, memory and the permanence of love.
Publication date: 03/04/2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||3rd April 2009|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
William Fiennes has contributed to Granta, the London Review of Books, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Oxford, England. He is the author of the acclaimed The Snow Geese.More About William Fiennes