The Choir by Joanna Trollope

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In the gentle precinct of Aldminster Cathedral, crisis loomed.  The urbane and worldly Dean (Purdey guns and the regular arrival of a delivery van from Berry Brothers) wanted nothing so much as to restore and beautify his beloved Cathedral--even if it meant sacrificing the Choir School to pay for it.  Alexander Troy, Headmaster of the school, a conscientious man, somewhat out of his depth with his elusive and poetical wife (once seen walking barefoot in the dew across the Cathedral Close) was determined that nothing and no-one-certainly not the overbearing Dean-should destroy the Choir.

As the rift widened into Machiavellian dimensions, many others found themselves caught in the schism--Leo Beckford, brilliant but wayward organist, repelling the adoration of the Dean's dreadful daughter--the gentle, left-wing Bishop, trying to soothe the angry protagonists--Sally Ashworth, mother of the leading chorister, fighting loneliness and an erring and absent husband.  Each frail and human dilemma took its part in the greater turmoil of Chapter and Close and the final battle for the survival of the Choir.

About Joanna Trollope

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Joanna Trollope is best known as the author of eagerly-awaited novels often centered around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of life in contemporary England. She lives in Gloucestershire.
Published May 25, 2011 by Random House. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Caught in the middle is young Henry Ashworth, whose sublime voice makes a recording of the choir a bestseller, but whose grandfather is against local funding for the choir and whose mother is in love with Leo.

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The prized boy's choir, however, is under the authority of King's School headmaster Alexander Troy and music master Leo Beckford.

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But his affectionate relationship with his grandfather, Frank Ashworth (Peter Vaughn), a town councilor who negotiates a financial arrangement with the Dean, is jeopardized by a love affair between Beckford and young Ashworth's mother, Sally (Cathryn Harrison, granddaughter of Sir Rex Harrison).

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Will is a loner and happy to be so but even he cannot fail to be touched and affected when weird kid, Marcus enters his life.

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