I wasn't intending to buy this book. It just looked interesting and I made the mistake of checking out the free preview. And that was my undoing. I'm not a big music guy - I know what I like and that's it. And the internal workings of English and Scots music making would seem about as alien as you can get. But...the author got me cuaght up in the story of an old fossil who had come the end of his rope as an educator and had lost his marriage and was basically breathing while waiting to die. Happens to a lot of people. But things happen, like they do in real life, and life begins to change for the Captain and his musician friends. Nothing too unrealistic, but funny as heck. And in the background there's the mystery of the Valkyrie and what did happen to his marriage. This is a funny, moving, and good story of a fossil's coming of age. If I can find anything else Lawrie has written, I'd buy it. If he hasn't written anything else, I hope he does. The book is recommended.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)