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By: Chris Nicholson

Elgar's Secret Lover

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When old friend Arnold Chater Q.C. sends retired Norwegian Judge Christofferson a yellowing manuscript with the mysterious initials G.B. on the first page, the latter starts a quest to seek the truth about British composer Sir Edward Elgar’s secret muse in his masterpiece, the Enigma Variations, and whether he fathered an illegitimate child.

Fascinated with riddles and puzzles, the composer was in the habit of leaving a series of codes denoting the inspiration for his timeless compositions. But in the Enigma Variations, Elgar forsook his usual practice of inserting initials to honour his muse, explicitly refusing to name his great love by using a mysterious ellipsis. Cheekily, he gives a clue about his inspiration in the violin concerto with the words, ‘Here is enshrined the soul of …’

Chris Nicholson’s seminal musical thriller weaves an amazing tale with enigmas piled on riddles. He flagrantly delights in leading readers on a breathless chase of the women who were extraordinarily important in Elgar’s life. At the same time, he also unmasks Elgar as a man who hid himself and his intimate affairs behind a mask of respectability.

Nicholson is merciless in the details of Elgar’s life, loves and music, deciphering all the clues and delivering the final judgment as only he can.

Chris Nicholson is a retired judge and author of seven books.

Christopher Nicholson has lived all his 76 years in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He practised as a human rights lawyer assisting victims of apartheid before majority rule was won in 1994. His efforts were recognised with two awards and he was appointed a high court judge in 1995. He’s published seven books and a play. Two books were nominated for the Alan Paton prize in South Africa for non-fiction. He’s married with two daughters.

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