These are stories about music—about composing it, listening to it, living it. These are stories about people whose lives are haunted and shaped by music. These are stories about music and sex, music and joy, music and memory, music and illness, music and power—and particularly the ways in which music’s tremendous power can be exploited and abused. Above all, these are stories which are themselves musical—which seek in many and various ways to reconnect the language of storytelling with that of song, opera, symphony, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Dmitri Shostakovich, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Edith Piaf.

Jonathan Taylor is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007) and the poetry collection, Musicolepsy (Shoestring Press, 2013). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012), winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Fiction Anthology 2013. He is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester in the UK, and co-director of small publisher and arts organiz ation Crystal Clear Creators (www.crystalclearcreators.org.uk). Born and raised in Stoke-on- Trent, he now lives in Leicestershire with his wife, the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind. His website is www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk.