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Hardback:The Gustav sonata:2016 The Gustav sonata
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Author: Tremain
Publication year: 2016
Media class: Hardback
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Talking book - CD:The Gustav sonata:2016:Unabridged ed
Large print:The Gustav sonata:2017:Large print ed.
Paperback:The Gustav sonata:2017
Available: 11
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It is the tutor who tells the young Gustav that he must try to be more like a coconut - that he needs a hard shell to protect the softness inside. This is what his native Switzerland has perfected - a shell to protect its neutrality, to keep its people safe. But his beloved friend, Anton, doesn't want to be safe - a gifted pianist, he longs to make his mark on the world outside. On holiday one summer in Davos, the boys stumble across a remote building. Long ago, it was a TB sanitorium; now it is wrecked and derelict. Here, they play a game of life and death, deciding which of their imaginary patients must burn. It becomes their secret. 'The Gustav Sonata' begins in the 1930s, under the shadow of the Second World War, and follows the boys into maturity, and middle age, where their friendship is tested as never before.

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Intense and poignant and full of longing, this is not a happy tale, yet so well written it is a joy to read. The story follows a timeline allowing you to see the characters grow and develop. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
30/03/18
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West Sussex
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Large print:Restoration:2013
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year 2013
Media class: Large print
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Paperback:Sadler's birthday:1999
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year 1999
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Paperback:The colour:2004
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year 2004
Media class: Paperback
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This was an interesting story-line, but it was hard work to read and very dark throughout. An insigh
09/09/15
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0099428253
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Paperback:The swimming pool season:2003
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year 2003
Media class: Paperback
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0745130585
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Large print:Evangelista's fan and other stories:1995
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year 1995
Media class: Large print
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