• Is it autobiographical?



Not directly. The author is too young to have lived through World War Two, but he was brought up by three elder sisters who survived the Blitz.


  • Is Dovidl a real character?



No, he’s wholy invented.


  • Was there ever a violinist who disappeared on the day of his debut?



Yes, but his is a very different story.


  • Are there real people in the novel?



Yes: the violinists Fritz Kreisler, Albert Sammons, Joseph Hasid and Ida Haendel.


  • Was there a real Song of Names?



No, it’s an invention.


  • Is the book going to be made into a film?



It’s under discussion.

The song of names; Winner of the 2002 Whitbread First Novel Award
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