HANNAH COLBY

A Place of Springs

A story of epic scope which explores the physical and psychological damage that war inflicts

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HANNAH COLBY

A Place of Springs

A story of epic scope which explores the physical and psychological damage that war inflicts

About the book

SARAJEVO 1991. To the home of Adam and Finola Vidaković comes their new lodger, the concert pianist Daniel Danuczek, who will be teaching at the Conservatory. He captivates both Finola and her daughter, Irena. But civil war will soon force Daniel back to London and hold Sarajevo in its pitiless grip, with lifechanging and tragic consequences.

A Place of Springs is a complex novel of epic scope, which explores the physical and psychological damage inflicted by war. It follows Daniel’s fortunes as he searches for lost love and faces a crisis that changes the path of his career. Written with compassion, humour and insight, this is a compelling story of love and loss, the significance of friendship, and the power of music both to express and triumphantly transcend human pain.

Publication: 17 May, 2018
Trim size: 198 x 129 mm
Extent: 496 pages
Binding: paperback with flaps

Reviews

Lisa Watts

– Letchworth Reading Group

I started your book and quite literally couldn’t put it down – even reading it between meetings. It is a highly addictive story and you brought all the characters to life; I have very vivid pictures of them and I cared what was happening to them. I am finding myself missing the read and I shall be first in the queue for the sequel.

Frances Wilson

– Pianist, writer and concert reviewer

A sensitively-written account of a musician caught in a rupture of history, the potentially devastating impact this has on his life and his gradual rehabilitation. Music runs through the book as a connecting thread and the powerful force which pulls Daniel back from the brink of despair.

Sarah Drury

There’s a freshness and honesty in the narrative, interspersed with moments of real insight, as the bittersweet nature of desire and memory is skilfully portrayed. The power of music to sustain and heal, was one of the more extraordinary features of the Siege of Sarajevo in particular. In ‘A Place of Springs’ the author has created from the events of that destructive period a love story which resonates long after the last page.

Charles Seely

Three great themes run through this haunting and memorable novel – tragedy, love and music, and each of them is treated with real knowledge and sensitivity, so that the central love story is itself a work of art.

Frances Lloyd

Captivating and evocatively written, this novel charts the lives of two musicians caught up in the fall of Sarajevo, where they are drawn together by compassion, love and the power of music as they come to terms with the atrocities of war. This epic and passionate tale, evocatively written, quickly draws you in and is difficult to put down.

Brenda Hart

– Novelist

From 15 year old Irena’s idyllically happy family life in 1990s Sarajevo to its violent extinction at the start of the Bosnian war, this story of enduring love and courage explores the capability of the human spirit to survive under torture and brutality. The enduring thread that binds family and lovers is the profound love and knowledge of the interpretation of music, which sparkles both with humour and joie de vivre. It is unputdownable.

Margaret Seebohm

A compelling love story that is also a tapestry of warfare and musical performance, suffering and reconciliation. Informative and totally captivating.

Jane Macintosh

This is a compelling read. The moving story of the enduring love of two people both damaged by the war in Bosnia and their shared passion for music is sensitively written and makes a remarkable book.

Gill Hardman

A compelling and well-researched evocation of the effects on various lives, of Sarajevo before, during and after the Siege, melding the individual strands into a poignant and powerful story.

Hannah Colby

A Place of Springs

A Place of Springs is a complex novel of epic scope, which explores the physical and psychological damage inflicted by war.

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