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Seventeen-year-old schoolboy Kim is an idle drifter at one of Britain's most extraordinary institutions, Eton College - crammed with over a thousand boys and not a girl in sight. His head is full of the Falklands War and a possible army career - until the day he hears his new piano teacher, the beautiful but pained India, playing Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Kim's life is destined never to be the same again. 

An intensely passionate affair develops, and he wallows in the wild and unaccustomed thrill of first love. Twenty-five years on, Kim recalls that heady summer and how their fledgling relationship was so brutally snuffed out - finished off by his enemies, by the constraints of Eton, and by his own withering jealousy.

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"Charming, moving, uplifting. Why can't all love stories be like this?" (Tunku Varadarajan, The Wall Street Journal)

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  • Katrin
  • 26-09-19

I quite enjoyed it

It was a good listen. I was very happy with the spin of things towards the end, not the typical romance ending, which I'm glad for - too many HEA's on AE. Bitter sweet memories. It was nice.