The Music Shop
If you fell for Harold Fry and Miss Queenie Hennessey, there’s now a new Rachel Joyce character set to steal your heart. Well, several actually, in this engaging narrative symphony. Frank is a music shop owner – not your average music store, but one that sells only vinyl records, none of those new cds. Frank’s gift is that he can match music to his customers’ needs, healing their troubles. The one person he can’t heal, though, is himself. The store is in a rundown little cul-de-sac, but Frank, his young assistant Kit and the neighbouring business owners – including a former priest, a feisty tattoo artist and funeral director brothers – are united in their determination to fend off the developers trying to buy them out. Then into their lives falls the mysterious Ilse Brauchmann, setting in motion a story of love, loss, missed opportunities and redemption, against a soundtrack of Frank’s tuneful cures (keep a device handy to hear the tracks on YouTube!). Funny, sad, uplifting and absorbing, the end of Frank’s story may just have you leaping to your feet in song.