Book review

The Music Shop


I was looking forward to this, after the lovelieness from Rachel Joyce that was Harold Fry’s unlikely pilgrimage. It’s a story about music, and love, and how people can fall in love with music they didn’t know they needed to hear. I’ll resist drawing a parallel with the four sections of a symphony, but it’s there if you want it, I’m sure. The incidental characters were I felt in many ways better drawn than the main actors, and the setting of the 1980s small English city was very well done.

In the end, it was a bit of a curate’s egg – good in parts. Loved the beginning, loved the end, I felt a bit lost in the middle. Maybe three and a half stars. And if you aren’t sniffling back the tears at the end, you have no heart.

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