World Book Day: Our top 5 books about music

Posted on: 07 March 2019

Happy World Book Day!


Music and literature go hand-in-hand, and there’s a fantastic selection of books out there for music lovers. Whether you love a good novel or want to learn more about how the music industry works, we’re sure you’ll enjoy one of the books on this list.

1) High Fidelity - Nick Hornby

A hilarious trip through the mind of Rob Fleming, a thirty-something record store owner who cannot decide what he wants to do with his life. This charming story about music and breakups has since been adapted into a film starring John Cusack. 

High Fidelity

2) How Music Got Free – Stephen Witt

The story of the secret underworld of media pirates who made all the music ever recorded available for free. A must-read for those who are fascinated by the world of streaming and music distribution.

How Music Got Free

3) The Piano Teacher – Janice Y K Lee 

A love story set in Hong Kong in the 1940s and 1950s. A rich family hires Claire Pendleton, a newly married woman, to give piano lessons to their ten-year-old daughter. Claire ends up having an affair with the family driver, and discovers his tragic past.

The Piano Teacher

4) A Life in Letters – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A selection of Mozart’s letters, translated into English, complete with notes,
linking commentary and chronology. This fascinating set of his letters offers a new understanding of the life of one of the world’s greatest composers, and paints a revealing portrait of both the man and the musician.

A Life in Letters

5) The Soloist – Mark Salzman

Renne was once one of the world's greatest cellists, and years later, his life is suddenly changed by two events. He becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk, and he takes on as a pupil a Korean boy whose brilliant musicianship reminds him of his own past.

The Soloist

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