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Francis Jackson's autobiography


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Santa gave me a copy of this book the other day, which I have now begun to read. I'm just at the chapter about his army service in the war, and the impression is that not only does he seem to have led a very interesting and productive life but that he is quite a down to earth person with no pretensions of superiority. What a nice chap.

 

I'd firmly recommend this book.

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One of Santa's little helpers gave this to me as well, but I haven't started it yet as I'm still ploughing through the latest tome on Howells, which also arrived in the same way. I'm looking forward to doing so very much; I shall need a bit of light relief... :wacko: I must say it looks a very handsomely produced book, especially for a self-published production.

 

I see that both these books, and also one other I received, have no dust jacket but are all bound in hard plastic (or plastic-infused) boards. Is this the new fashion? I quite like the feel, but not the way the spine of the Howells book crackles irritatingly every time it is opened. I just hope that the colours are lightfast.

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Santa gave me a copy of this book the other day, which I have now begun to read. I'm just at the chapter about his army service in the war, and the impression is that not only does he seem to have led a very interesting and productive life but that he is quite a down to earth person with no pretensions of superiority. What a nice chap.

 

I'd firmly recommend this book.

I remember turning for him when he gave a recital at Holy Trinity, Hull, in the 1950's. You're absolutely right, John - down to earth and a nice man!

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One of Santa's little helpers gave this to me as well, but I haven't started it yet as I'm still ploughing through the latest tome on Howells, which also arrived in the same way. I'm looking forward to doing so very much; I shall need a bit of light relief... :wacko: I must say it looks a very handsomely produced book, especially for a self-published production.

 

I see that both these books, and also one other I received, have no dust jacket but are all bound in hard plastic (or plastic-infused) boards. Is this the new fashion? I quite like the feel, but not the way the spine of the Howells book crackles irritatingly every time it is opened. I just hope that the colours are lightfast.

 

Vox - could you let me know the title and author of the book on Howells, please?

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Vox - could you let me know the title and author of the book on Howells, please?

 

It's this one, but be warned: it may not appeal unless you are into musical analysis in a big way, preferably at the microscopic level - and more than once I have found myself wondering what HH would have said about some of the assertions made. If you want a thoroughly readable book about HH and his music, this out of print one is the best to date. For the addict, Christopher Palmer's Herbert Howells: A Centenary Celebration is also indispensable.

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It's this one, but be warned: it may not appeal unless you are into musical analysis in a big way, preferably at the microscopic level - and more than once I have found myself wondering what HH would have said about some of the assertions made. If you want a thoroughly readable book about HH and his music, this out of print one is the best to date. For the addict, Christopher Palmer's Herbert Howells: A Centenary Celebration is also indispensable.

 

Thank you for this, Vox.

 

It was more a general overview I was looking for. In which case, I might see if I can track down the first one from a dealer at a better price than that which Amazon offers.

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