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James Rhodes: Piano prodigy hits the low notes in a chaotic journey

Fire On All Sides is Rhodes's diary of his five-month European concert tour in 2016

11th March, 2018

Memoir/music: Fire On All Sides, By James Rhodes, Quercus, €17.50

In his 2015 memoir Instrumental, James Rhodes told his harrowing and extraordinary story. For nearly five years in primary school, he was systematically raped by his gym teacher. Later, after a mental collapse, he was institutionalised and attempted suicide. In his teens, Rhodes began playing the piano, gave it up for a decade, but today is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist. If...

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