An advance copy of my new book ‘A Lasting Record’ arrived this week. HarperCollins have done a terrific job. A paperback of 314 pages, the book looks good, feels good in the hand, and the stock creaks nicely as you leaf through it.
The story is eerie, compelling and has a beautiful completeness. It’s all about America’s greatest home-grown pianist William Kapell and the amateur recordings made by a Melbourne cosmetics salesman that immortalised Kapell’s genius.
Willy was killed in an air crash at 31 returning from a tough tour of Australia in 1953. In October, 60 years will have passed since his premature death. But I’m hoping my book will mean more people can experience his amazing playing.