NOVELIST, playwright, broadcaster and critic John Spurling reads extracts from his new novel A Book of Liszts at Hom Church, Walford on Friday, June 3.

A six-year obsession with Franz Liszt has led Spurling to produce an unusual novel to coincide with the composer’s bicentenary. A Book of Liszts tells the story of the life and extraordinary career of a composer and virtuoso pianist whose incomparable skill and personal charisma dazzled audiences all over Europe, making him the 19th century equivalent of a modern pop star. Spurling tells of Liszt’s mesmeric effect on audiences and his notorious affairs with some remarkable women in a highly original and imaginative portrait of the humorous and passionate genius.

The readings will be interspersed with relevant pieces of Liszt’s piano works played by Chris Hopkins, who has played for audiences worldwide, working regularly as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber groups and as an accompanist. He last performed in Ross with his piano trio in the 2009 Ross Live! festival. The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £10, are available online at and or at Rossiter Books and The County Collection, Ross-on-Wye.