The Descent of the Lyre is a novel about music, myth and violence set between Bulgaria and Paris in the early nineteenth century. It is, more or less, a set of variations upon the myth of Orpheus, transposed to nineteenth century Europe.
The book was listed as a Bookseller’s Choice for August 2012 in The Bookseller magazine, and was shortlisted for the 2013 East Midlands Book Award. Available in paperback, hardback and ebook formats. It has also been translated into Bulgarian. Here are some of the reviews that came out at the time of the hardback:
I researched The Descent of the Lyre in Bulgaria between 2005 and 2007, making three trips in all. On my final journey to Bulgaria, I was funded by the UK arts council to undertake the research. I took my guitar with me and headed overland to Bulgaria, by train and by bus, to explore the sites associated with the ancient myths of Orpheus. The Descent of the Lyre draws on my life-long love of the classical guitar, an instrument that I have played from an early age.