Inspired by Kirsty Gunn’s James Tait Black prize-shortlisted novel ‘The Big Music’. Narrated by Brian Cox and filmed by Gary M. Gowans.
A story about family, love and the power of the imagination. The Big Music tells the story of John Sutherland of ‘The Grey House’, who is dying and creating in the last days of his life a musical composition that will define it. Yet he has little idea of how his tune will echo or play out into the world – and as the book moves inevitably through its themes of death and birth, change and stasis, the sound of his solitary story comes to merge and connect with those around him.
In this work of fiction, Kirsty Gunn has created something as real as music or as a dream. Not so much a novel as a place the reader comes to inhabit and to know, The Big Music is a literary work of undeniable originality and power.
The Big Music, won Book of the Year at the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Kirsty Gunn’s first novel, Rain, was also published by Faber and Faber in 1994 and she has since written short stories and a collection of fragments and meditations. Her books have been broadcast, turned into film and dance theatre. She is currently Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee living in Scotland with her husband and two daughters.