Advance praise for "Stradivari's Genius" "Toby Faber's engaging new book on Antonio Stradivari traces the history of a handful of his instruments-their biographies, who played them, where they went-and through it we learn a lot about how violins are made and the music world. It's fascinating, accessible, and enjoyable reading."-Tracy Chevalier, author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" "A captivating book that follows the trail of six of Stradivari's creations. Like strange totems that cast an irresistible spell, these instruments bring out the best and the worst of those who would own them, and Faber deftly tells the stories in all their rich and surprising detail. Avarice and intrigue compete with generosity and love of music in a drama that Faber brings alive at every turn. An extraordinary accomplishment and a compelling read."-Thad Carhart, author of "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank"