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Book review: Listening to Brahms by Rosemary Allen

By mbarber  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

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ALHOUGH the book by the Wimborne author came out last year, I didn’t get round to reading it until the Christmas period.

Which was really quite appropriate as the action takes place between Thursday 21st December 1989 and Monday 1st January 1990.

There is a second timeline as Margaret, who relates her story, refers back to her diary which records upsetting events which took place in Germany, from Wednesday 11th August 1954 to Friday 20th August 1954.

I liked this book. It reads well and you can easily empathise with Margaret’s hopes and fears as she recalls traumatic events that changed her life forever.

Margaret is spending Christmas with her family when she hears a Brahms rhapsody being played on the piano by Jonathan, a consultant at a local hospital.

And those painful memories of the school exchange visit to Germany come flooding back.

There is plenty to hold the reader’s interest with mysteries than need to be solved and emotions that keep bubbling to the surface. And to give the story even more depth, as it enfolds, the Soviet Union is collapsing and Ceausescu and his wife are executed in Romania.


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