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Sure enough, after Brodie and Lika embark on a dangerous affair under John Kilbarron’s nose and the “brown, watchful eyes” of his brother, calamity soon arrives, though from a shocking and completely unforeseen quarter. At 24, he’s handsome and has perfect pitch, but is also (in a slight twist on the archetypal blind piano tuner) severely short-sighted. Add to that the fact that Brodie suffers from tuberculosis and is under the hand of the ticking clock and the tension is riveted up even higher. Considering this was my first Boyd book, this doesn't give me much faith in trying any more of his works. All those New York art experts at the party who claimed to know his work had been well and truly fooled.

His talents and his innovative ideas may be his ticket out of a mostly boring Edinburgh career, as his boss decides to send him to their company's Paris office. I felt the strong emotional turmoil this man faced, both in his early family life and his later years as he struggled to gain a grip over his unattainable object of affection. She's also the mistress of John Kilbarron, the first famous pianist to accept Brodie Moncur's sponsoring contract.

When, on the promenade at Nice, he meets a tall Russian doctor with a pointy beard who is suffering from tuberculosis, he has no idea who he is. Set at the turn of the 19th century, it is a period piece drawing the life of a Scot, Brodie Moncur.

It is inevitable that the towering success of Any Human Heart will define the rest of his career – and many might miss the quirky, low-key comedy of his earlier novels – but this fine, touching and clever book is the best thing he’s written since and deserves similar adulation. Things picked up a little in the later part of the book with some more dramatic developments and sense of threat, but it still wasn’t all that involving.Pleasingly he’s not too good looking or too hideous – his great height (I’m thinking 6 foot 4 inches or thereabouts), his very dark, swarthy looks and severe short sightedness are easily envisaged. It’s a metaphor, of course, that the reader must take care not to trust Brodie’s “vision” of events. A particular highlight for me was Boyd's skill in making the era come alive with his rich vibrant descriptions. Unlike some, I enjoyed all the detail – about piano tuning, TB, sanatoria, St Petersburg, duelling, you name it.

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