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  1. 5 out of 5

    Fern Adams

    The House of Music is an autobiographical book written by Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason (the mother of the famous cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason). This was a really wonderful book! Kanneh-Mason writes of growing up, entering academia and becoming the mother to seven extremely talented children. She doesn’t shy away from the hardships but equally this book is brimming with joy. What struck me reading this is when we hear a piece of music played we focus on that moment, however The House of Music is an autobiographical book written by Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason (the mother of the famous cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason). This was a really wonderful book! Kanneh-Mason writes of growing up, entering academia and becoming the mother to seven extremely talented children. She doesn’t shy away from the hardships but equally this book is brimming with joy. What struck me reading this is when we hear a piece of music played we focus on that moment, however for the musician to have reached that stage is often generations of work, a supportive background, a lot of dedication and determination and a whole community of people. While this book is largely about music what flows through the pages most is the theme of love. Love for music, maternal love for children, love of pure hard work, love for dreams and aspirations and love for and between a family. Such an incredible read! Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Sarah

    Would like to thank Netgalley.co.uk who provided me with an ARC of this story in return for an honest review. You may have heard of members of this family, you might have not. Regardless? This is a book you need to read. Now, I had to put this book down many times; not because the story was boring... but quite the opposite. I didn’t want to read this book when I had fleeting time- I wanted to make time for this book. Kadiatu’s voice throughout is so powerful that you are gripped by so much emoti Would like to thank Netgalley.co.uk who provided me with an ARC of this story in return for an honest review. You may have heard of members of this family, you might have not. Regardless? This is a book you need to read. Now, I had to put this book down many times; not because the story was boring... but quite the opposite. I didn’t want to read this book when I had fleeting time- I wanted to make time for this book. Kadiatu’s voice throughout is so powerful that you are gripped by so much emotion. From facing racial injustice the moment of arriving in England, and to the longing of family and cheer in Sierra Leonne- the story is an emotional read that needs to be heard. However, overall the theme is one of love, persistence, devotion- and overall? Music. ‘How could a boy, just turned seventeen, feel all this and communicate it so powerfully through a cello?’ Although I do not wish to speak of specific plot lines (you most definitely need to pick up a copy yourself) , the book delves into many topics and time periods ; those of James returning home only to be amidst the happenings of the civil war, the racial bigotry of England, and the story of the author and her astounding strength and devotion to raising and empowering such incredibly gifted children. It’s a story of the struggles of music competition and the reward of being truly gifted and devoted. Hoenstly? If I could rate this more stars I would. An in-depth, beautifully written read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gem ~ Bee

    What an incredible read. I've noticed the Kanneh-Mason family on TV and on social media particularly as they are a Nottingham family local to me, but it was Sheku's performance at the Royal Wedding that really brought an admiration of what a phenomenal family they truly are. This book is written by Kadiatu, the matriarch of the family and I felt so bonded with her as I read her honest words and gentle perspective on her childhood, her family history, her career but particularly her journey in to What an incredible read. I've noticed the Kanneh-Mason family on TV and on social media particularly as they are a Nottingham family local to me, but it was Sheku's performance at the Royal Wedding that really brought an admiration of what a phenomenal family they truly are. This book is written by Kadiatu, the matriarch of the family and I felt so bonded with her as I read her honest words and gentle perspective on her childhood, her family history, her career but particularly her journey in to motherhood; how difficult her pregnancies were and how the juggle to keep everything all going at once is beyond exhausting. She is truly a strong, compassionate and intelligent woman who once you read her words you can understand entirely how the whole family are a phenomenon and absolutely gifted. Whether you are a classical music fan or not you can enjoy the story of this family and their "House of music" with its curling wallpaper, crumbling windowsills and all the chaos that seven children bring, but above all each child's determination, commitment and passion to pursue their dreams in every single room. This isn't a mansion fitted with gilded pianos and chandeliers, this is a simple home of sacrifice and struggles but, paradoxically, a remarkable one. I was humbled to read in the acknowledgement that the book is devoted to kindness and the generosity of others. Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason sums up the entire book so simply in her final written words of it "This is a tale of music, and, above all, this is a book about love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yves Dubois

    Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason makes the reader enter her own and her family's life experience to the uncomfortable point of wondering how it is possible to feel so close to nine people I have never met. Her book covers her own complete life history from being a small child in Sierra Leone, the death of her young father because of heart failure, her Welsh upbringing, meeting her husband at university - and then the adventure of raising seven musical geniuses in a panorama of exhaustion, financial problems b Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason makes the reader enter her own and her family's life experience to the uncomfortable point of wondering how it is possible to feel so close to nine people I have never met. Her book covers her own complete life history from being a small child in Sierra Leone, the death of her young father because of heart failure, her Welsh upbringing, meeting her husband at university - and then the adventure of raising seven musical geniuses in a panorama of exhaustion, financial problems but also constant deep love and collusion between them all. The music and the personalities of all the Kanneh-Masons are addictive. Kadiatu's encounter with the Mother of God who appeared to her gives the measure of her spiritual life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane(Janelba)

    Beautifully written book about the Kanneh-Mason family and their seven talented, musical children. I of course knew about Sheku who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and went on to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From her life in Sierra Leone to moving back to Wales in the UK to University, meeting her husband and their seven children. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which deals with so much including racial prejudice, financial hardship, determinat Beautifully written book about the Kanneh-Mason family and their seven talented, musical children. I of course knew about Sheku who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and went on to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From her life in Sierra Leone to moving back to Wales in the UK to University, meeting her husband and their seven children. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which deals with so much including racial prejudice, financial hardship, determination, love, sacrifice and devotion. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason for the Advanced Readers Copy in return for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gray

    This book really shows what it takes to raise a brood of exceptionally gifted children. The sacrifice, the discipline needed, the total dedication shown by everyone was mind-blowing. I was particularly inspired by the author though - there is a description of a time when she had flu, her husband was away so she was looking after (I think) 5 young children at the time, she had horrendous morning sickness, she had just fallen down the stairs and then she continued on to do the washing. Such feats This book really shows what it takes to raise a brood of exceptionally gifted children. The sacrifice, the discipline needed, the total dedication shown by everyone was mind-blowing. I was particularly inspired by the author though - there is a description of a time when she had flu, her husband was away so she was looking after (I think) 5 young children at the time, she had horrendous morning sickness, she had just fallen down the stairs and then she continued on to do the washing. Such feats of daily heroism left me feeling rather silly in comparison. All in all a very interesting read, well written and inspiring.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Turner

    This is a lovely, warm and thought provoking read, about a supremely talented family of musicians. It is heartening to know that there are some excellent state schools who do all they can to encourage music making among out children and young people, and indeed, I am a product of that system. The Kanneh-Mason household can certainly be described as a House of Music, but it is also a household of sacrifice, determination, hard work, and above all, love.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alison Mallory

    Really enjoyed reading this warm tale of family life in an extraordinary family

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