Will appeal to fans of TV reality series like Faking It; to everyone who abandoned an instrument they played at school but always wondered about taking it up again one day; and to those people who would never ordinarily consider reading a book about classical music This eccentric tale is told through the enticingly readable words of journalist Jasper Rees.
Jasper Rees has been a freelance journalist since 1989. He writes arts features for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times, and has also reported on football for the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of 'Wenger: the Making of a Legend' and 'Blizzard: Race to the Pole'.
'[This book] reads like the best kind of Nick Hornby novel - all midlife crisis, technical obsessiveness and boyish defiance...The build-up to his climactic, foolhardy performance is irresistible, and his unashamed fixation with everything horn-oriented rings so true that it's impossible not to get a little horn-obsessed oneself.' SUNDAY TIMES 'this is a book teeming with first hand research and thorough reading. It remains enough of a laddish yarn to amuse the casual reader, but there is also enough meat packed into its pages to entice those with a genuine love of musical history, and especially those with any interest in the French horn.' THE HERALD 'the strength and reach of Rees' enthusiasm carry the day...Rees did stand up to be counted, and he got a fine book out of it, too' TELEGRAPH 'There are things in this delightful, warm, witty, erudite book that will appeal to almost everyone...It's not just Rees's personal transformation that makes this book such a joy, though. It's also playfulness, the flourishes, his eye for detail and the persuasive weight of his enthusiasm.' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'A very approachable insight into a world of obsessive perfectionists.' THE INDEPENDENT 'This quirky memoir, in which Rees decides after 22 years to take up the French horn again, is surprisingly evocative and moving' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 'This inspiring, moving and quite hilarious book is the perfect cheer-up present for everyone you ever knew. Rush out and buy...' CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE