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Midsummer Nights

Midsummer Nights

A short story collection published by Quercus in

Ruth Rendell was a wonderfully enthusiastic friend and supporter to Handel House. She loved the building itself which she would often describe as a sanctuary.

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In celebration of the Glyndebourne Festival, Jeanette Winterson has brought together some of the best-loved and most critically acclaimed authors writing today to pen stories inspired by opera.

Includes an introduction by Jeanette Winterson; Alexander McCall Smith on Cosi Fan Tutte; Ali Smith on Fidelio; Andrew Motion on Peter Grimes; Andrew O’Hagan on Eugene Onegin; Anne Enright on La Boheme; Antonia Fraser on The Marriage of Figaro; Colm Toibin on Pearl Fishers; Jackie Kay on The Makropulos Affair; Joanna Trollope on L’Elisir d’Amore; Julie Myerson on Ariadne auf Naxos; Jeanette Winterson on La Fanciulla del West; Kate Atkinson on La Traviata; Kate Mosse on Pelleas et Melisande; Lynne Truss on The Turn of the Screw; Marina Warner on Dido and Aeneas; Paul Bailey on The Makropulos Affair; Posy Simmonds on Midsummer Night at Glyndebourne; Ruth Rendell on Theodora; Sebastian Barry on Natoma and Toby Litt on Don Giovanni.


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