Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill

Clemmie Burton-Hill and I first met when she came to work at Vogue.  A talented violinist, she then left to become a successful broadcaster, actress, author and journalist (she currently presents the Breakfast show on Radio 3 and hosts the Proms amongst many other tv and radio shows).  She has already written two novels but it is her just published third book called Year of Wonder that I think will top many people’s Christmas wishlist.  The book came about because Clemmie was being asked by friends, family members and even strangers to make them a classical playlist.  The resulting book, with it’s accompanying digital playlist, is a treasury of sorts in which Clemmie suggests a piece of music for every day of the year and explains in a short chapter a little about the music and it’s composer.  It’s a book that manages to be both accessible to those who don’t know much about classical music and also interesting for those who do, which I think is no mean feat.  It’s also cleverly organised into bite-sized sections so it doesn’t feel overwhelming and perfect to pick up and peruse at will.  Both lively and a great read, I’ve already mentally earmarked those who I will be buying it for at Christmas.

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— Francesca
18th October 2017