Troubador A Person of Significance

Released: 28/07/2016

eISBN: 9781785897306

Format: eBook

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A Person of Significance

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Marjorie Lazaro’s novel, A Person of Significance, explores London in the 1950s, at a time when immigrants were arriving from West Africa, India and the Caribbean, each with their own story. A Person of Significance follows the story of Gad, a talented young pianist from Burma, who arrives in London with nowhere to live, despite the fact that he has a place at a top music college. 


He faces prejudice from the unwelcoming city but, nevertheless, manages to pursue his ambition as a musician. Gad develops an individual style of performance that allows his warm musicality to connect with his audience. During his time as a music student, he also meets the beautiful Therese and embarks on a passionate, yet turbulent, relationship with her. 

Although A Person of Significance is upbeat in tone, readers quickly learn how Gad is forced to face continual prejudice in a tough society. On the road to becoming a musician, whilst trying to get his college tutors to understand his needs, he has to deal with his mother’s death. He falls madly in love, but is mistrusted by Thérèse’s family. Will Gad ever be accepted? 

Inspired by the work of Adrian Levy and Michael Ondaatje, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy modern and contemporary novels and romantic fiction, as well as those who are interested in exploring different cultures and societies in fiction.

'Super impressive book'
'It certainly brought back a lot of memories and feelings, and I can remember that wish for a letter from home and the feeling when it came - I cannot cope with what they are saying. And the guilt...The first time you mentioned the diamond earrings - that was masterly...'
'A story of the head and the heart, moving and engaging'
'...pacing and social observation.'
'...particularly liked learning about Burma...admiration for your knowledge of music...love scenes very tender...subtle exploration of racial prejudice'

Events: August 1 Book signing at Iain Rennie Bookshop in Tring
September Sat morning, eptember 17, 11 am. Waterstones in Berkhamsted
September 7, 6.30-7.30 at Greenwich Centre Library, a Library Late Author's Talk and Readings
September 14, 11 am, Coffee morning reading at Askew Road Library, Shepherds Bush, W12 9AS
September 15, 7 pm, Talk/reading at Kingston Library, KT1 2PS
September 23, 7 pm, Book launch at Travelling Through bookshop, 131 Lower Marsh, SE1
Author event at Croydon Library, date tbc
December 3 2.30-4.30, literary event at Berkhamsted Quaker Meeting House

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Marjorie  Lazaro

Dorset born writer and musician, Marjorie Lazaro arrived in 1950s London, where she married her Burmese husband. She was a teacher, farm worker, has worked for a major charity and in IT, and travelled from Chicago and Bolivia to Albania and Malaya. She plays violin, keyboard and African drums.


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