Leonard Lessing once cast a spell on stage, hyptizing crowds with his improvised jazz, easy in his music, at home in the moment. Now, home is somewhere he never leaves. His sax is silent, his marriage faltering, his stepdaughter vanished, and his life shrinking -- until one afteron the TV brings news he can't igre. A figure from his firebrand past has arrived in town, with hair-raising results. Can Leonard face the limelight one last time? 'Rich, cleverly constructed ...a funny, heartwarming and hugely enjoyable read' Herald 'All That Follows sends an artist in the doldrums on a quest to recover his valour. Crace writes gloriously' Independent 'Alive and kicking ...Crace writes with real feel and imagination about music' Sunday Times 'Blending comedy with a touch of pathos, this is an unexpectedly joyful vel' Daily Mail
Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of nine previous books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Birmingham.