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Time Will Tell


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A witty and fast-moving tale of treachery and ambition centred on a rare musical manuscript, set in the medieval past and the present day.

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Donald Greig is a singer, writer and sometime lecturer in film studies and musicology. A performer of early music, he is particularly associated with The Tallis Scholars and The Orlando Consort (of which he is a founding member). 'Time Will Tell' is his first novel. For further information, go to


'A good read-enjoyable and thoughtful at the same time.' -Maria Coldwell, 'Early Music America' 'Greig can write fiction; in spades, as it turns out. [He] has his own persuasive voice and romantic style. The characters are well drawn, the observations astute, and the intellectual content convincing and approachable. Most importantly, "Time Will Tell" is funny (actually, really very funny at times) and gripping.' -Jeremy Summerly 'Choir and Organ' '[Greig] write[s] with verve and a wit capable of summing up characters with a single devastatingly accurate observation. [T]his is not a book solely for specialists and demands no prior knowledge of early music.' -Edward Breen, 'Early Music Today' 'Greig has a gift for drawing characters as much as he has for pacing his set-pieces [and] it is as a study in character that this thriller should be enjoyed, not as an academic by-product.' - Peter Phillips, 'Spectator' 'Amalgamate mystique, distinctive character progression and immense knowledge of music and what you have is "Time Will Tell" by Donald Greig.' -Taimur Saih, 'Dawn' 'A remarkable first novel.' -'Early Music America' 'A colourful and intriguing book.' '"Time Will Tell" is darkly humorous and rich with detail. The time shifts between the 15th and 20th centuries, and then the transition to the 21st, are smooth and clear. The fully-rounded major characters have distinctive voices and the personalities he invented for the 15th-16th century characters are vivid. Reading "Time Will Tell", one feels that human nature hasn't changed much through five hundred years.' -Ruth Latta, 'As you might expect, "Time Will Tell" captures well the world of the itinerant professional vocal ensemble.' -Andrew Green, 'Classical Music Magazine'

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