An epic, romantic and mesmerising quest for (almost) mythical treasure, spanning more than 250 years, replete with curious characters, terrible evil and despair, incredible generosity and stunningly beautiful landscapes, this page-turner is not an all-consuming novel but a breathtaking, astonishing account by Sophy Roberts of her recent travels through Siberia.
A search for old pianos is the thread that joins stories of exile, empire and living on the edge, where music and the determination to nurture it in some of the most remote, and almost unimaginable places in the world speaks of a sense of hope, courage and defiant grace that stirs up optimism and faith in the human spirit.
This compelling book made me curious and excited about far off places and people I am unlikely to ever see or meet. As I reluctantly finished The Lost Pianos of Siberia I wanted time to slow down, grateful for the book’s bewitching, with the magic being all the more powerful for being true.
[Reviewed for FOLIO by Zoe]