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The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott
  

The Upright Piano Player

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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.

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Synopsis

The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott

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.

Reviews

'This is a fine, sensitive, moving book - a remarkable first novel'
Justin Cartwright

. '[A] beautifully constructed debut
Catherine Taylor, Guardian

. 'The menace simmering beneath the surface of its prose is compelling
Hephzibah Anderson , Daily Mail

. 'Elegant, rich and gratifying
Claire Beale, Independent

. 'It is beautifully written, the sentences polished like gems - but it is the book's substances that sticks in the mind
Anthony Capella

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About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2010

Author

David Abbott

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Author's Website

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Publisher

MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781906694845

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