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"This is the story of David Helfgott, whose life inspired the film "Shine", starring Sir John Geilgud, Lynn Redgrave, Geoffrey Rush and Noah Taylor. An acclaimed pianist, Helfgott emerged from a tortured family background and studied in England before descending into a personal hell of mental illness. His recovery and re-emergence from that tragic time is an account of great courage."

"I like how this author, who is also David Helfgott's neighbour & friend, digs deep into the many facets of what happened through out his childhood and college years that brought on his disturbing break-down at the height of his musical genius. She tries to find out from David himself, what & how it all went wrong. She examines his odd form of speech and mannerisms and attempts to ferret out all its 'true' meaning. It's a sad tale but not unique to how genius-level creative minds can be so close to mental illness, especially when professional performing begins in childhood; She's thorough when she writes about the difficult environment David lived in as a boy, and even how the Holocaust personally effected his various family members, and brought them to Australia. She writes beautifully in my opinion and is not afraid to make a judgement call on possible motives, or missteps of Helfgott's family members, mentors, teachers and community supporters. I highly recommend this book."

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Paperback 1996.

285 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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