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Music Upstairs

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
When, with the franklessness of youth, Sidonie O'Neill becomes the lover of her neighbours, Pam and Lenny, she finds herself in a state of limbo as she veers between the two, heedless of the chaos around her and of Lenny`s increasingly obsessive behaviour. . . ...more
Published July 2nd 1998 by Vintage (first published 1965)
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Nov 17, 2014 Andy Bryant rated it liked it
For a debut novel from a 19 year old, I thought this was impressive. It’s definitely a raw piece of work, lacking the polish of later novels, but if anything it’s the rawness that gives it the momentum. Organised into one big chapter and telling a story through a quick succession of events and incidents without any pause for reflection put me in mind of Beat fiction from the previous decade. The sense of restless aimlessness of the principal character, and the paranoid-obsessive relationship wit ...more
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not going to finish it - too abstract and moody for me
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Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh in 1944 and currently lives in London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and also Honorary Visiting Professor to the MA in Writing at Middlesex University.

Her novels include the black comedy Redhill Rococo (1986), winner of the Fawcett Society Book Prize; Dunedin (1992), which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award; and the acclaimed The Orchard
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