Love is Blind

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Summer Reading - by Wil­liam Boyd, Vik­ing

Pi­ano tuner Brodie Mon­cur, 24, is the kind of “Scotch­man” folk want to adopt. Self-right­eous, drunken, preacher father Malky per­se­cutes him at the manse where he and his sib­lings were raised; where mother Moira died in child­birth in 1884, when Brodie was 14. But Brodie is gen­er­ous and cir­cum­spect.

His boy­hood per­fect pitch at St Mungo’s Church choir was lo­cal le­gend; Lady Dal­cas­tle be­com­ing his pa­tron. She found him em­ploy at Scot­land’s fourth largest pi­ano store. When owner Ains­ley Chan­non sends Brodie to Paris as as­sis­tant to his spend­thrift son man­ager, Brodie must carry the can for Calder Chan­non’s em­bez­zle­ment. Boyd’s rich and ro­man­tic jour­ney takes us around the world, first to St Peters­burg, where Brodie be­comes tuner to “Ir­ish Liszt” John Kil­bar­ron. But when he dis­cov­ers Brodie has been sleep­ing with his so­prano Ly­dia “Lika” Blum, a duel has­tens a de­par­ture back to Europe. Wanted man Brodie fi­nally flees to the far-flung An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands, his whole life de­voted to Lika.

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