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The Great Passion

(2022)
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'A wise, refreshing novel, and a touching human story ... Runcie has an expert imagination' HILARY MANTEL

THE STORY OF A FATHER AND HUSBAND
THE LOSS THAT ALMOST DESTROYED HIM
AND THE WORK OF ART THAT WOULD MAKE HIM IMMORTAL

Leipzig, 1726. Eleven-year-old Stefan Silbermann, a humble organ-maker's son, has just lost his mother. Sent to Leipzig to train as a singer in the St Thomas Church choir, he struggles to stay afloat in a school where the teachers are as casually cruel as the students.

Stefan's talent draws the attention of the Cantor – Johann Sebastian Bach. Eccentric, obsessive and kind, he rescues Stefan from the miseries of school by bringing him into his home as an apprentice. Soon Stefan feels that this ferociously clever, chaotic family is his own. But when tragedy strikes, Stefan's period of sanctuary in their household comes to a close.

Something is happening, though. In the depths of his loss, the Cantor is writing a new work: the Saint Matthew Passion, to be performed for the first time on Good Friday. As Stefan watches the work rehearsed, he realises he is witness to the creation of one of the most extraordinary pieces of music that has ever been written.

Genre: Historical

Hardback Editions

March 2022 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Great Passion
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 1-4088-8551-4 / 978-1-4088-8551-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Great Passion
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 1-63557-067-0 / 978-1-63557-067-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

July 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Great Passion
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 1-4088-8553-0 / 978-1-4088-8553-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

March 2022 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Great Passion
Author(s): James Runcie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Great Passion
Author(s): James Runcie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA