Handel’s hidden history

Handel’s hidden history

The private life of the master of Baroque, Georg Fredrich Handel, remains a mystery – one Eibhear Walshe explores in his latest novel

‘Messiah is my favourite piece of music. I love it, I worship it. But in all the accounts of Handel’s life, there is no account of him having a private life, and in this day and age, you’re wondering why.”

In the bar of a Dublin hotel, Eibhear Walshe is explaining the inspiration for his new novel The Trumpet Shall Sound, a highly original and lushly imagined take on the life of the...

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