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The Lantern Bearers (edition 1999)
by Ronald Frame
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0715631330, Paperback)Sent away from home for the first time, Neil Pritchard spends the long summer of 1962 with his Aunt Nessie in claustrophobic Auchendrennan on the Solway Firth. Eager for a pastime, Neil sings for Euan Bone, a young Scottish composer whose star is rising fast. Becoming Bone's muse, the afternoons spent at the composer's home turn into the blissful focus of his adolescent dreams. Suddenly, however, Neil is expelled from his Eden - with devastating consequences for all...
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"In 1962, fourteen-year-old Neil Pritchard is sent away to spend the summer with his aunt while his parents try to resurrect their faltering marriage. There, Neil is enlisted by the famous composer Euan Bone to act as musical muse for Bone's new work, which is to be based on an essay by Robert Louis Stevenson. Naive and inexperienced, Neil is dazzled by Bone's attention, and he becomes desperate to keep it. Day after day, he returns to Slezer's Wark, the strange and beautiful house that Bone shares with the cellist Douglas Maitland. The blissful summer turns tragic, however, when Neil is expelled from his Eden, with devastating consequences for all involved." "Thirty-five years later, Neil is asked to write the biography of Euan Bone. Doing so, he knows, means resurrecting the events of that summer and facing the secrets he has hidden, even from himself, for all those years."--BOOK JACKET.
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