Alternating between the past and present this novel begins with an older, successful Eustace falling in love with a younger man and beginning cancer treatment. The parallel narrative tells of Eustace’s childhood, the complexities of growing up and new experiences; and his introduction to Carla Gold who is to become his cello teacher.
This beautiful coming of age story is brimming with warmth, humour, music and love, a journey of discovery and self acceptance. Patrick Gale is a genuine and elegant writer. This novel was an absolute pleasure to read.