Welsey Stace's novel Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, a darkly comic tale of early-twentieth-century British music with resonances from the twisted life of Carlo Gesualdo, has been winning rave reviews in the UK. "Nothing in recent fiction prepared me for the power and the polish of this subtle tale of English music in the making," writes Norman Lebrecht in the New Statesman. Jessica Duchen interviews the author at her Standpoint blog. I am proud to say that I figure in the narrative, if only very slightly, as an Edwardian Doppelgänger named "the critic Ross." An American edition comes out in February, from Picador.
Previously: Imaginary Concerts.