The Piano Player of Budapest: A True Story of Holocaust Survival, Music and Hope (Hardback)
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The Piano Player of Budapest: A True Story of Holocaust Survival, Music and Hope (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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A heartbreaking yet inspiring true story of the power of music and resilience in the face of evil, The Piano Player of Budapest is an engrossing and vital Holocaust memoir.

One man, his piano and their miraculous survival.

All future, freedom and success lay ahead of young pianist Stephen de Bastion in 1930s Hungary. Life whirled headily around cocktails, romance, applause and the buzz of Budapest late into the night. Then, 1939. Stephen's world disintegrates and this becomes a story of his brutal descent, of his time in labour camps, of Mauthausen and Gunskirchen and the unimaginable horrors he endured during the Holocaust as a man of Jewish descent. Yet, this is also a tale of extraordinary escape ... and the piano, waiting for him.

The same piano that Roxanne de Bastion, his granddaughter, inherits when her father dies. It has been in the family over one hundred years but it is only when, deep in grief, she discovers a cassette recording of Stephen, that the astonishing history of the piano, the man and her family begins to unravel. Weaving together his original recordings, unpublished memoirs, letters and documents, Roxanne sings out her grandfather's story of music and hope, lost and found. Luminous and profoundly moving, this book captures the great spirit of one man in the face of darkness and the hope that echoes down through generations.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472147844
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 150 x 234 x 30 mm


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I loved this [book]. I expected it to be a more gruelling read, but actually it was very emotional but also very approachable. One can hear Istvan/Stephen's voice and his grand-daughter has done him proud. An extraordinary story, and one that lingers in the mind... - Baroness Julia Neuberger

A remarkable story of survival... told with such humanity and lyricism - Kevin Brennan MP

Stunning. A beautiful blend of action, poetry, thought-provoking comment and music... just brilliant - James Ainscough OBE

Painfully moving - Kirkus Reviews

A gripping narrative of suffering, loss and survival, with music at its heart - Fiona Maddocks (Observer’s classical music critic and author of Goodbye Russia Rachmaninoff in Exile)

Deeply moving... triumphant - Greg Dawson

Truly remarkable ... beautifully written and completely addictive. Roxanne de Bastion finely balances her grandfather's gripping and traumatic story of survival with the vivid legacy of her family's history. The words dance off the page and it moved me to tears - Ed Harcourt

Resonates for our times - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, Editor's Choice*

One of 2024's most anticipated books - BBC Culture

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“Heart Breaking”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
This book is obviously heart breaking when you reflect on what people were subjected to because of their religion etc but it is full of lovely moments of life... More

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