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BBC Radio 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME from 17-28 July. From the author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel; and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all …

1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk – as long as it’s vinyl he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need.

Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann.

Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to re-open and a past he will never leave behind …

LISTEN WHILE YOU READ!

The Music Shop is BBC Radio 4's BOOK AT BEDTIME.

And you can find specially collated The Music Shop playlists for Father Anthony, Kit, Maud and Hector on Spotify.

This hardback edition is beautifully produced, with stunning decorated insides.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1664 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (13 July 2017)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JNZ6BO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

wonderful

 on 17 January 2018
By M. P. N. Sims
A friend recommended a book to me. It wasn’t what I usually read. It was about music and I am tone deaf. The friend is quite different from me in many regards but I have the upmost respect for him as a person. And so… laid up for a day or so after a prostate biopsy… time to kill and all that. Once read, he said, review it. Here is my brief review.

Smells like teen spirit?

 on 22 January 2018
By Fives Friend
I thoroughly enjoyed my reading of this beautiful book. Rachel writes realistically, whist peppering it with humour and melancholic undertones from yesteryear. I walked the walk with Harold Fry, I held Queenies hand, I perfected my enjoyment by then reading ‘Perfect’.

Not to be missed: this book is life-affirming !

 on 4 April 2018
By Fiona Grandidge
I have just finished reading Rachel Joyce’s latest book, The Music Shop. I seldom, if ever, feel moved to write to authors of the books I read, but I simply had to let her know what a wonderful book she’d written, and how much it affected me.

An honest review

 on 8 October 2017
By R ELLIOTT
I like Rachel Joyce`s books, but a third if c.f. the way through this one I was struggling, I could see no story and it seemed to be meandering nowhere, I was tempted to give up.

Joyous, tender, and tremendously moving

 on 17 March 2018
By Welsh Annie
Music has an immense power – to move you, to break you, to raise your spirits, to plunge you into the depths of despair, to fill your heart with joy – and its impact is central to this wonderful book. Frank’s ability to choose music that perfectly fits the needs of the diverse cast of characters who he meets or who cross the threshold of his record shop in a dilapidated street in an un-named town – whether Aretha, smoky jazz, a violin concerto, or a disco track – is a wonderful and original concept I found absolutely enchanting.

I enjoyed it but found it sentimental.

 on 5 March 2018
By Mig Bardsley
This is basically a sentimental romance woven into the changing times between 1988 and sometime round about now. So while I found much of it unconvincing and even a little heavy handed, I still enjoyed it. Frank, the lover of music and vinyl who has an almost magical gift for finding the music that people need to hear, is immediately improbable and green-eyed Ilse is a lovely but unlikely creation. The city and the exasperatingly named Unity Street, on the other hand, come very much to life as small independent shopkeepers struggle to survive against the changing face of business and retail and communities lose cohesion. Rachel Joyce has set her romantic characters against this mundane backdrop in a way that highlights the loss of the small and various over those years. While the redemptive power of music is a big element in the story, what kept my attention was the truth that though things change and sweep away what people want to keep, life does go on and growth does happen.

Middle of the road

 on 5 December 2017
By Peter M. Hartley
Actor and novelist Rachel Joyce has composed a unique opus with The Music Shop. Set mostly in 1988 it is the story of music shop owner Frank who resists all formats other than vinyl. As well as the discs, Frank also dispenses a subtle kind of counselling and has a curious knack for knowing what each customer needs, and for locating the relevant album in spite of any recognisable sense of organisation in his run-down premises. One day he meets the enigmatic Ilse and agrees to her request to teach her about music.

Beautiful story.

 on 11 January 2018
By Frenchie
Beautiful story with a different slant. Not a book shop or a cafe but a music shop and to be specific a vinyl record shop. How refreshing ! The music shop provides a very interesting insight into lots of different music and we are introduced to a kind and lovable central character who is very much a victim of his past. We discover the back story and follow his eventful path through life supported by a super cast of interesting and well meaning friends. A wonderful uplifting book.

The Redemptive Power of Music

 on 8 May 2018
By M. Sumner
Any book with ‘music’ in the title is like a magnet to me. I love my music. I have an eclectic collection. So does Frank, who owns The Music Shop. It’s 1988 and Frank stocks music from every speed, size and genre – as long as it’s vinyl. My kind of shop. Frank has an uncanny knack of finding his customers the music they need – helps them to learn how to listen and how to feel. It rather took my breath away when, from all the millions of albums there are, one of Frank’s first recommendations happens to be one of my top ten: Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans. Uncanny.

Superb, beautiful read

 on 26 August 2017
By Mr. G. Palmer-Bell
A fantastic and brilliant book. Reading a Rachel Joyce book is like meeting up with an old friend, it’s comforting, positively familiar and leaves you with a great feeling.
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