Author(s): Kirsty Gunn
"The Big Music" tells the story of John Sutherland of 'The Grey House', who is dying and creating in the last days of his life a musical composition that will define it. Yet he has little idea of how his tune will echo or play out into the world - and as the book moves inevitably through its themes of death and birth, change and stasis, the sound of his solitary story comes to merge and connect with those around him. In this remarkable work of fiction, Kirsty Gunn has created something as real as music or as magical as a dream. One emerges at the end of it altered and changed. Not so much a novel as a place the reader comes to inhabit and know, "The Big Music" is a literary work of undeniable originality and power.
A stunning and epic literary novel of Scottish folk music, history and a vanishing way of life.
BOOK OF THE YEAR (AND FICTION CATEGORY WINNER) - NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS 2013 What the judges said: "Gunn sets herself what for many would be impossible challenges and then meets every one of them brilliantly - not least making bagpipe compositions sound so musically and intellectually stimulating that all of us are firm converts."
Kirsty Gunn is the author of three novels, Rain, The Keepsake, Feathersone, and a collection of short stories, This place you return to is home. In 2004, she was awarded the Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Literature. She is also married and the mother of two young daughters. She lives in London and Edinburgh.