William Fiennes spent his childhood in a moated castle, the perfect environment for a child with a brimming imagination. It is a house alive with history, beauty, and mystery, but the young boy growing up in it is equally in awe of his brother Richard. Eleven years older and a magnetic presence, Richard suffers from severe epilepsy. His illness influences the rhythms of the family and the house's internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with a loving recollection, toward an understanding of the mind. This is a song of home, of an adored brother and the miracle of consciousness. The chill of dark historical places coexists with the warmth and chatter of the family kitchen; the surrounding landscapes are distinguished by ancient trees, secret haunts, the moat's depths and temptations. Bursting with tender detail, The Music Room is a sensuous tribute to place, memory, and the permanence of love.
"Exemplary." -- The Telegraph "An artful memory piece about a unique home life." -- Kirkus Reviews "Humane rather than melodramatic, a lovely memoir rich with poignancy of family and place." -- Wall Street Journal "A haunting lament for a life that could have been and the love that remained for a broken mind." -- Amanda Foreman, author of The Duchess