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The Melody - Jim Crace

The Melody - Jim Crace

Title: The Melody

Author:  Jim Crace

ISBN:  9781509841363

Weight:  655 g

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The Melody - Jim Crace

Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home.  Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder.  Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with.  Once and for all.

Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably.  This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life.  And it is a political novel too – a rallying cry to protect those we persecute.

From the Man Booker shortlisted author of Harvest, a novel about love and grief, music and myth, and about the way society treats its least fortunate.

Peer & Press Reviews

This could have been a straightforward political allegory about man’s inhumanity to man… but Crace’s seductively atmospheric novel, suffused as it is with archetypes and the stuff of dreams, is much richer, slyer and more mysterious.  It’s an elegy, too – for lost love, youth and talent – and deeply moving.

Daily Mail

Strange, unsettling, brilliant – everything you’d expect from one of our most original and inventive novelists.


The Melody is an ambitious, powerful work which won’t disappoint his growing band of enthusiasts.

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Title: The Melody
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Very fine / Very fine
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781509841363
ISBN 10: 1509841369
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 272
Size (h x w x d): 224 x 145 x 29mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Andrew Bainbridge
Jacket design: Mel Four
Jacket image: Ivan-96 / Getty (back)

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