Hardcover, 444 pages.
Condition: Excellent condition, close to as new. Unread copy, with slight tanning on pages due to aging. Some shelf wear might be expected.
From the moment Jacqueline du Pré first held a cello at the age of five, it was clear that she had an extraordinary gift. At sixteen, when she made her professional début, she was hailed as one of the world’s most talented and exciting young musicians. Ten years later, she stopped playing virtually overnight when multiple sclerosis removed the feeling in her hands just before a concert. It took fourteen years for the crippling disease to kill her.
Since Jackie’s death in 1987, her brother and sister have increasingly felt that her story has been overwhelmed by her public image. Their deeply affectionate recollections make a uniquely revealing account of the private world behind the public face — an astonishing insight into the intimate pressures that shaped Jackie’s life, from child prodigy to adult genius.
This is not a traditional biography nor an account of Jackie’s career; it is a memoir of a whole family, seen from within. Hilary and Piers du Pré have together written a book which will go straight to the reader’s heart.