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A stand alone novel, this is a gentle tale of a woman relocating to the Suffolk countryside just before the Second World War. La (shot for Lavender) decides to start up an orchestra with the locals and members from the nearby RAF base. The story revolves around La’s relationships with the locals, with the local farmer she works for and her love interest, grounded Polish pilot Feliks. This reads like a book written in another era, no doubt the tone McCall Smith was going for. Very enjoyable.
With a failed marriage behind her, La -- short for Lavender -- moves to the Suffolk countryside on the eve of the Second World War to nurse her broken heart. Lonely and at a loss, a friend encourages her to bring the villagers and the men from the local airbase together by forming an amateur orchestra. One of her musician recruits is Feliks, a handsome and enigmatic Polish refugee. A friendship begins to blossom between the two, and La finds her feelings stirring to life again.
Poignant, tender and inspiring, La's Orchestra Saves the World celebrates the power of love and friendship in the shadow of the collective tragedy of war, as well as the extraordinary healing power of music.
‘The endearing, lovingly told story of a resourceful young Englishwoman who shakes her fist in Hitler’s terrifying face’ Books of the Year, HERALD
‘Alexander McCall Smith writes about the enduring, patient qualities of love . . . the novel pays heed to our natural yearning for a story to chew on’ THE TIMES
'A gentle and uplifting read’ DAILY MAIL Books of the Year
‘Beautifully precise and psychologically acute’ INDEPENDENT
Publication date: 02/07/2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||2nd July 2009|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series ...More About Alexander McCall Smith