Magazine article The Spectator

The Food of Love

Magazine article The Spectator

The Food of Love

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Love Duet and Other Curious Stories About Music selected by Christopher Ondaatje

Rare Books & Berry, �19.95, pp. 217,

ISBN 9780956386755

Spectator Bookshop, �19.95

The Albek Duo are two astonishingly beautiful and talented Venetian musicians, Fiona and Ambra, who are identical twins.

Hearing the sisters perform inspired Christopher Ondaatje to create this book. He tells a story - 'Love Duet' - in which he imagines what would happen if the twins both fell in love with the same man. They agree that one should marry, and they should carry on as before. For the sisters, abandoning their music or each other is unthinkable.

This is an anthology of stories on the theme of music and how it can govern our lives and express our emotions. You don't need to be a concert-goer to enjoy this book - all the pieces assembled here are accessible and absorbing. …

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