The Devil's Music (Paperback)
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It is 1958 and the Sputnik satellite has taken a dog up into space; back on earth, five-year-old Andy has a new sister, Elaine - a baby who, his father insists, is 'not quite all there'. While his parents argue over whether or not to send Elaine away, Andy sleeps beside her cot each night, keeping guard and watching as his mother - once an ambitious, energetic nurse - twists away into her private, suffocating sadness. Knots keep treasures safe, Andy's rope-maker grandfather tells him, and, as he listens to stories of the great Harry Houdini, Andy learns the Carrick Bend, the Midshipman's Hitch and the Monkey's Fist. Then a young painter, hired to decorate the family's house, seems to call Andy's mother back from the grief in which she is lost. But one day, at The Siding - the old railway carriage that serves as the family's seaside retreat - Andy is left in charge of his baby sister on a wind-chopped beach, where he discovers that not all treasures can be kept safe for ever. Three decades later Andrew returns from self-imposed exile to The Siding, the place where his life first unravelled. Looking back on the broken strands of his childhood, he tries, at last, to weave them together, aided by his grandfather's copy of The Ashley Book of Knots and the arrival of a wild-haired, tango-dancing sculptor - a woman with her own ideas about making peace with the past. LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2011

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408801017
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This intricately structured, brilliantly observed modern take on a family saga is both passionate and moving and the prose snaps, crackles and pops with gorgeous detail' Lesley Glaister 'A powerful and deeply affecting story of the bond between a mother and her children ... Jane Rusbridge is a brilliant new voice' Alison Macleod 'Jane Rusbridge has a gift for evoking both characters and place ... Sensuously written and beautifully woven together, the various strands of the story converge in a heartrending - and heartwarming - climax' Kathy Page 'Beautifully written and a real page turner' Essentials

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“a haunting, lyrical read”

This is a sensuous and evocative novel, deftly shifting from the late fifties to the present day within a number of narrative strands, which interweave as delicately and intricately as the knots so beloved by the... More

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“Deeply moving”

The Devil’s Music is the debut novel by Jane Rusbridge.

A story set in the late 1950′s. A family have to come to terms with a Daughter that is “not quite all there” according to the Father. The Mother is lonely and... More

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“An emotional yet hopeful read”

I've read Jane Rusbridge's The Devil's Music twice now and the last line, 'There have been more difficult things in her life than this.' has made me cry both times. Rusbridge's writing... More

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