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The Lost Pianos of Siberia
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A lyrical, personal journey through the history of the piano in Russia reveals an unexpected musical legacy in the last place on earth you'd expect to find it.

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Sophy Roberts is a British writer whose work focuses on the wild places from Papua New Guinea to the Congo. She began her career assisting the writer Jessica Mitford, and trained in journalism at Columbia University in New York. She regularly contributes to the Financial Times and the US edition of Conde Nast Traveler, among others. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is her first book.

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This is an amazing journey, the ultimate quest for the oddest objects - pianos - in the most unlikely place - Siberia. But Sophy Roberts makes it much more than that, an elegant and nuanced journey through literature, through history, through music, murder and incarceration and revolution, through snow and ice and remoteness, to discover the human face of Siberia. I loved this book. * Paul Theroux *
An impressive exploration of Siberia's terrifying past... Richly absorbing. * Guardian *
An exuberant, eccentric journey through Russian vastness, European history and Russian culture, The Lost Pianos of Siberia is a quixotic quest, a picaresque travel adventure and a strange forgotten story, all wrapped into one fascinating book. * Simon Sebag-Montefiore *
What shines through in this book is Roberts' genuine, humane affection for and fascination with the people she meets in Siberia. * Literary Review *
An extraordinary encounter with a wildly fascinating and astonishingly ill-known region... This is a wonderful book. * Sunday Times *
Marvellous... a masterful example of modern historical travel writing * Independent *
A richly observed cultural history... thrilling. * New Statesman *
Fascinating account of Siberia's horrific legacy told with great verve... Roberts is a wonderfully lyrical writer. * The Observer *
Beautifully written... A unique short history of Russia from Catherine the Great to Putin... A sense of the extraordinary marks every page. * History Today *
Captures Siberia's wildness, but favours its enchantments. * Times Literary Supplement *
Courage, patience, erudition and a sympathetic imagination... A travel book of rare quality. * Dervla Murphy *
Roberts achievement is to vividly bring us into a hidden landscape that in an over-travelled world retains its mystique. Through her painterly depiction of the people she encounters, she infuses the epic with the intimate and reveals how sometimes looking is more important than finding * Sunday Business Times *
Utterly absorbing - a wonderful addition to the story of resilience, tragedy and triumph that are the hallmarks of Siberia. Roberts displays an empathy and understanding worthy of this deeply haunted, strangely fascinating land. * Benedict Allen *
Roberts' writing is beguiling. * The i *
A modern-day Freya Stark. * Tatler *

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