Book: The Flautist by John Needhamcategories: Book, Classical Music, Popular Music, Flute, Immigration, Jewish, Irish, Juilliard Music School, Refugees, Journalism, Idealism, Compassion, Belonging, Romance
John Needhamabout this book: The Flautist is my fifth novel. As with all my books, it links tenuously (without being either a sequel or a prequel) with a previous novel, in this case Secret Shame, in that Patrick is the brother of female protagonist Julie in that one; the hope being, dear reader, that if you enjoy The Flautist you might also have your interest piqued in its forerunner.
Flautist Leah Weisman has graduated from the renowned Juilliard music school in New York and travelled to London with her new husband, a high-flying go-getter in finance, after he lands a plum job in the City.
Benjamin Walters is also a flautist and, like Leah, from a Jewish family. He is at the other end of his career with a top London orchestra and under pressure to retire.
Patrick Brennan, from Ireland, is an idealistic, soft-hearted journalist from Ireland who works on a Sunday newspaper. He's licking his wounds after a painful divorce and separation from his daughter.
Thus the stage is set and the characters in place for a tender, touching, sometimes exquisitely sad story triggered by a simple act of kindness; a tale of music, love, belonging and deliverance from despair.
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