Item description for The Street School of Music by Glyn Ridgley...
At sixteen-and-three-quarters, Bod dreams of entering the Royal College of Music -- even though he's uneducated, even though he's homeless, even though ... he hasn't a chance. Can Bod make it to the Royal College of Music? His talent says yes, his background says no ... This comic novel traces Bod's attempts to compose his symphony and fulfill his dream.
A hard-hitting Billy Elliot of music Tracey Beaker for grown-ups An updated Insulted And Injured THE STREET SCHOOL OF MUSIC will stay with you long after you have closed its covers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2005
Publisher Exposure Publishing
ISBN 1905363702 ISBN13 9781905363704
Availability 0 units.
More About Glyn Ridgley
From the Author It occurred to me that a short book containing the essential points around the life and work of Dostoevsky would be a much appreciated and useful addition to the cannon. In order to have the reader experience what life was really like for the Russian author and to understand the motivations behind his writings, I have utilised all the major biographies written since his death, while at the same time drawing upon my own readings of his collected works. Perhaps most importantly, I made personal visits to key places where Dostoevsky worked and lived. The end result is an animated work which includes all the most important relationships and events in his life. As a young man, Dostoevsky told his brother, "I want to to find the human in the human being." This book is intended to help the reader find the human being in Dostoevsky. About the Author Glyn Ridgley has a degree in Russian and has frequently lived and worked in Russia over the past few decades. Notably, he helped set up the first private English language school in Russia during the time of the Soviet Union (in Tver, where Dostoevsky was forcibly domiciled following his Siberian exile). His work has appeared in a St Petersburg journal and his last visit abroad was to Siberia earlier in the year. Apart from DOSTOEVSKY WAS A REVOLUTIONARY OF LOVE, Glyn Ridgley has published several books, including GOIN' TO DOSTOEVSKY'S, THE HAPPY BOMBER and THE STREET SCHOOL OF MUSIC. For more information you should check out his website glynridgley.info Also Glyn Ridgley Youtube channel and thehappybomber blog
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hidden depths Mar 15, 2006
What I like about this novel is the way that the characters reveal themselves through the pacy dialogue and, quite simply, by their actions. The former exhibits the author's wonderful understanding of speech patterns, while the latter shows that he must know his characters and their milieu inside out. And what characters they are, from Bod himself, through Milt, Ed, Greg and the rest of the lads at the B&B, then Billy, Minty and the other females at L'Erotique, right through to Gaston, Zara and - well, there's Tiptree! I marvelled at the manner in which the balance between the protagonists was maintained, and the tension held to breaking point. This ambitious novel upset all my notions of what being on `the edge' really means. There is no condescending authorial voice in the writer's representation - no mediation - to prevent the reader from fully grasping the subject matter firsthand. As for the apocalyptic vision contained within the unfolding symphony, I believe it offers a glimpse of the depths contained within Bod, its composer - depths, it seems to me, nobody in the book is able, or willing, to recognise.
An offbeat delight Jan 23, 2006
I came upon this title by chance and found it a hugely entertaining read: the main character, Bod, is lovingly and poignantly drawn: reckless though charming, determined and streetwise though naïve and vulnerable, his energy and youthful optimism blind him to perils all too visible to the reader as the story unfolds. The other main characters are sympathetically portrayed, even the ultimately outrageous Julian Tiptree, the social worker along whose misguided path we are gently and deviously lured. The plot is fast-paced, full of twists and unexpected outcomes as the paths of the various characters cross or, crucially, diverge. But what I most enjoyed was the humour throughout the book. The wonderful banter, the knockabout antics of young lads who have entered adulthood at the bottom of society's pile, each coping in his own way; their craving for sex, or alcohol, or money, or a job, or the oblivion of sleep. The hysterical humour of desperation; the absurd humour of a system unable to address the needs of people who have lost control of their lives; and the black humour underpinning the Julian Tiptree subplot. Finally, London and its cast of background characters are a revelation as the locations of deceptively familiar streets and districts such as Paddington and Soho are affectionately animated by an array of lifeforms - human and animal - as careless of their surroundings as they are of one another. Although I can't give the plot away, I can say that the crescendo of the last page moved me to tears.