The Music Shop
It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop's owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music--and love--in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction.

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  • Paromjit
    Dec 31, 1969


    This is a wonderful novel set in the late 1980s London, that evokes the culture and music of the era, and the economic decline hitting local communities and the ever encroachment of developers threatening the identity of a place, and its people. In the midst of the change taking place ...

  • Amalia Gavea
    Dec 31, 1969

    Amalia Gavea

    ‘’The silence at the beginning of a piece of music is always different from the silence at the end.’’ The blurb of this beautiful book contained two words that won me over on the spot. ‘’Music’’ and ‘’1980s’’. I was born in 1...

  • Miriam Smith
    Dec 31, 1969

    Miriam Smith

    What a delightful and enjoyable read "The Music Shop" by Rachel Joyce is! It doesn't demand constant attention or keep you awake at night, it's just a lovely nostalgic story that makes you feel so happy when reading it, it's almost like you're floating through the pages (though the end...

  • Phrynne
    Dec 31, 1969


    This is one of those books where I want to use the phrase "I liked it but I didn't love it." In other words it was nice but not as good as I had hoped. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy still remains my favourite book by this author by far.I liked the setting in the run down music...

  • Rachel Hall
    Dec 31, 1969

    Rachel Hall

    DNF at 50%I won this novel courtesy of a Goodreads Giveaway and although my regular reading material is crime fiction, I am not averse to some of these whimsical novels with quirky characters and a sense of optimism that often make for a genuinely feel-good read. I loved both The Rosie...

  • Michael
    Dec 31, 1969


    Ever since Harold Fry went on a walk across the UK in Rachel Joyce's 2012 debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I like many readers the world over have been enthralled by the author's ability to represent ordinary people with grace and dignity.This is something that contin...

  • Marianne
    Dec 31, 1969


    “He played the whole record, side one and then side two. As he listened, Frank smoked and danced in the cramped space behind his turntable, rolling his shoulders and swinging his hips – watching him, even Maud began to sway – while Kit did something that was possibly the...

  • Bianca
    Dec 31, 1969


    This novel has the ingredients that I love to consume: quirky characters, music references (I LOVE music!), David vs Goliath situations, unlikely friendships. Unfortunately, the way they were mixed up resulted in a hard to swallow, boring dish. I never got a clear image of the characte...

  • Stephen
    Dec 31, 1969


    joyce doesn't disappoint with her latest book with a music shop as the background selling vinyl and its joyce's recurring theme of lost and finding within relationships. ...

  • Bill Lynas
    Dec 31, 1969

    Bill Lynas

    There may be a little bit of cheating here as I didn't actually read this book, but I did listen to the author reading it on the BBC Radio 4 series A Book At Bedtime. Having worked in a record shop (that dates me!) for six years & then a further six years in a CD/DVD shop I was eas...