Troubador The Silent Violinist

Released: 28/08/2021

ISBN: 9781800464896

Format: Paperback

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The Silent Violinist

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What if all our lives were pieces of music? With alternating passages; fast, slow, melancholic, joyful. We make friends with those in the same key and fall out with those who aren’t.  

And what does music communicate? Might it speak to us, literally? 

For Edith, a teenager in 1930s rural England whose whole life has been dictated by a backwards family forcing her into marriage with the sweet-eyed but boring Gabriel, music is an escape. 

But her sensitivity towards it, her love of it, makes her special in a way she could never have believed. She is the only person able to understand the mute violinist as he speaks through his violin, and becomes wildly obsessed with his mythical beauty, to the point she thinks she has invented him and his voice. Through him, she learns to hear the trees and woodland creatures who follow him about everywhere. 

Declared insane, hearing voices no one else can hear, her family puts her in an asylum. Here she begins to unravel the truth about the silent violinist and his siren twin who is stealing souls, crushing their songs. Unknowingly, she is part of an ancient battle between the Composer and Decomposer for control of the Songbirds in the mirror realm, the place our lives are sung. The situation becomes urgent when one of the siren’s likely victims is Gabriel’s sister Elizabeth: Edith must escape the asylum to help the violinist destroy the siren, reaching a climax as she fights against his powerful seduction.

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Gertrude Gibbons

Gertrude Gibbons is a writer based in London. She studied Writing at the Royal College of Art, English Literature at the University of York, French Literature in Paris, and won runner-up for the Jacques Berthoud Prize in 2019. She has written for Corridor 8, The French Literary Review, NERO Magazine, The Pluralist, The Theatre Times, Still Point Journal among others, and has recently written articles on Stephane Mallarme, Samuel Beckett, Guillaume Apollinaire, Witkacy, and Philip Glass. Currently, she is researching Polish theatre and cultural reception in the UK and Italy, and writing about theories of absorption and seduction in the arts. She plays and teaches violin and has a keen interest in early music and opera.

As a young teenager she co-founded the experimental language group 'Slavia' and wrote two novels and a play: Plato's Cave, performed at Arcola Theatre, Hackney, The Phaistos Disk (Ankrapath Press, 2012), and a second novel The Silent Violinist (Matador, Troubador Publishing, 2021). She has given creative writing workshops at schools and participated in literary panel discussions in England and abroad. In 2018 with Derek Horton, she relaunched Soanyway magazine which she co-edits.


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