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Stephen Hough is a concert pianist, a composer and a writer. Named by the Economist as one of "20 Living Polymaths," he was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. He has been written for the Times, Guardian, and Daily Telegraph.


"As well as performing and composing, the polymath has found time to write a novel about faith and desire."--Financial Times
"[Hough] is, without a doubt, a contemporary Renaissance man, a rampant polymath, whose retiring countenance belies a mind that never sleeps, never ceases to create... Hough's debut novel... reflects a love of writing down words that has been with him as long as he's been able to hold a pen."-- (11/09/2017)
"Hough's intermittently poetic prose is as precise as his music. He carefully paints a world of voracious desire and chronic loneliness, as the 60 short, tautly written chapters take us ever further into the protagonist's mire. . . . Hough's novel is important, brave, and controversial. It deserves to become a classic of its kind."--Church Times

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