The Importance of Music to Girls

“That Lavinia Greenlaw has chosen to tell the story of her life through the moments musicaux that meant the most to her is excellent news…Greenlaw’s prose is so beautiful, careful and quotable that she hardly needs to insert the words of other great minds, yet we have everyone from Musil to Roth to Homer and Hogarth contributing their thoughts on the great heritage of musical feeling that has been passed down to us. This is not just a book about that heritage, or about the author’s life, but perhaps the loveliest hymn to St Cecilia that this century has yet produced.”
Melissa Katsoulis, Sunday Telegraph

“Whether then, now or in the future, each generation has and will have an (often chaotic) set list of their own making, tunes that define a moment, sounds that last a lifetime. In this tender memoir, Lavinia Greenlaw builds on that assertion, creating a body of work that plays out as sweetly as any finely tuned mixed tape. Honest, melancholy and at times totally random, Greenlaw’s musical musings, from the playground chants of her formative years to the Donny Osmond obsession of her teens, provide a touching canvas from a pre-digital age. From the growing pains of early childhood through to her self-reflective teens, Greenlaw’s sharp observations on the various rites of passage, seen through the sounds she hears and the musical influences she is privy to, are richly imagined yet instantly recognisable.”

Anna Millar, Scotland on Sunday

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