Fusing history, nature writing and travelogue, The Lost Pianos of Siberia is a captivating exploration of an extraordinary and largely unknown part of the world and its unexpected musical legacy.
Sophy Roberts is a British writer whose work focuses on the wild places from Papua New Guinea to the Congo. She began her career assisting the writer Jessica Mitford, and trained in journalism at Columbia University in New York. She regularly contributes to the Financial Times and the US edition of Conde Nast Traveler, among others. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is her first book.
This is an amazing journey, the ultimate quest for the oddest
objects - pianos - in the most unlikely place - Siberia. But Sophy
Roberts makes it much more than that, an elegant and nuanced
journey through literature, through history, through music, murder
and incarceration and revolution, through snow and ice and
remoteness, to discover the human face of Siberia. I loved this
book. * Paul Theroux *
An impressive exploration of Siberia's terrifying past... Richly absorbing. * Guardian *
An exuberant, eccentric journey through Russian vastness, European history and Russian culture, The Lost Pianos of Siberia is a quixotic quest, a picaresque travel adventure and a strange forgotten story, all wrapped into one fascinating book. * Simon Sebag-Montefiore *
What shines through in this book is Roberts' genuine, humane affection for and fascination with the people she meets in Siberia. * Literary Review *
An extraordinary encounter with a wildly fascinating and astonishingly ill-known region... This is a wonderful book. * Sunday Times *