Adagio for a simple clarinet

While rummaging in a cupboard one day, the narrator of 'Adagio for a simple clarinet' rediscovers his father's clarinet, forgotten for years on a high shelf. Finding the instrument arouses in him long-buried memories and the childhood passion for music that his father had thwarted. Can the haunting notes of a long-dead composer somehow provide the key to atonement? 'Adagio' swells the heart. More

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About Stephen Downes

I'm a Melbourne writer and journalist with a dozen or so books to my name. 'Blackie' was published by Knopf and has been translated into Dutch, Italian and Greek. 'Advanced Australian Fare' is a prize-winning history of the development of restaurants and eating patterns between the Melbourne and Sydney Olympics, almost half a century. My food books have won national and international prizes, and three of my books have been translated into a total of five languages. My most recent book is 'A Lasting Record' (HarperCollins 2013), which tells the eerie tale of the great American concert pianist William Kapell, who died in an air crash at 31, and the recently found Australian amateur recordings that proved his genius.

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