Jacqueline du Pre's life story, told by her brother and sister, is an often painful but always moving account of the results of having a prodigy in the family, and how the driving force of an undeniable talent controlled not only her own life but also theirs.Jacqueline du Pre's life story, told by her brother and sister, is an often painful but always moving account of the results of having a prodigy in the family, and how the driving force of an undeniable talent controlled not only her own life but also theirs.Read Less
Numerous Photographs. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo 1856197530 Dust jacket complete, unclipped, slight wear to edges. Green cloth with bright gilt titling on spine. No ownership inscription. Numerous Photographs. 426 pages. FROM THE MOMENT JACQUELINE DU PRE first held a cello at the age of five, it was clear that she had an extraordinary gift. At sixteen, when she made her professional debut, she was hailed as one of the world's most talented and exciting young musicians. Ten years later, she stopped playing virtually overnight when multiple sclerosis removed the feeling in her hands just before a concert. It took fourteen years for the crippling disease to kill her. Since Jackie's death in 1987, her brother and sister have increasingly felt that her story has been overwhelmed by her public image. Their deeply affectionate recollections make a uniquely revealing account of the private world behind the public face-an astonishing insight into the intimate pressures that shaped Jackie's life, from child prodigy to adult genius. It is also a journey of rediscovery for them, as they delve back into the life they shared so closely with their sister and, with complete candour, uncover secrets and find answers to questions which have been unresolved for many years. To write about Jacqueline du Pre is to walk on hallowed ground. A tall, striking personality, Jackie seemed to be strong, exuberant and full of life. But behind the beauty and the talent was a fragile spirit which was gradually worn down by the pressures of professional life and finally extinguished by fatal illness. This is not a traditional biography nor an account of Jackie's career; it is a memoir of a whole family, seen from within. Hilary and Piers du Pre have together written a book which will go straight to the reader's heart.
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