by David Leavitt - £9.99 Abacus (1999)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780349109527 | ISBN 10: 0349109524
At eighteen, Paul Porterfield aspires to play the piano at the world's greatest concert halls. So far the closest he has come has been to turn pages of sheet music for his idol, the dashing, temperamental Richard Kennington, a former piano prodigy on the cusp of middle age. Months later Paul encounters Richard on holiday in Italy. As the innocence of first love becomes entangled with the quest for a more enduring happiness, Paul comes to realise that he cannot be a page turner all his life and that he has to confront his ambitions.
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