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In 2009, the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera reaches its 75th year. In commemoration of this event, Jeanette Winterson has brought together some of the best loved and most critically acclaimed authors writing today to pen stories inspired by opera. A foreword from Ralph Fiennes and an introduction by Jeanette Winterson are followed by: Alexander McCall Smith on Così Fan Tutte; Ali Smith on Fidelio; Andrew Motion on Peter Grimes;
Andrew O’Hagan on Eugene Onegin; Ann Enright on Rusalka; ; Colm Toibin on Pearl Fishers; Jackie Kay on The Makropulos Case; Joanna Trollope on L’Elisir d’Amore; John Mortimer on Così Fan Tutte; Julie Myerson on The Crowning of Poppaea; Kate Atkinson on La Traviata; Kate Mosse on Pelléas et Mélisande; Lynne Truss on The Turn of the Screw; Marina Warner on Dido and Aeneas; Posy Simmonds double page of ‘Glyndebourne Midsummer Night’; Ruth Rendell on Theodora; Sebastian Barry on Natoma; Toby Litt on Don Giovanni.

Reviews

The strongest and wittiest anthology of short fiction to appear for years: a superior selection box of irresistible delights' The Tablet.
The Tablet
Lynne Truss's chilling little version of The Turn of the Screw is funny and pointed … Kate Atkinson, who has the quasi-musical ability to write narrative voices in counterpoint, gives us a witty and touching duet between celebrity culture and La Traviata … Atkinson brilliantly combines sentimental appeal and a deadpan tone … Toby Litt's The Ghost raises the hairs on the back of your neck … a varied and enjoyable collection' Times Literary Supplement.
Times Literary Supplement
Winterson's stellar cast delivers plenty of incident as well as atmosphere to power this upbeat collection
Financial Times
Soars to some hugely enjoyable climaxes
Irish Times
Offers a glimpse of how the inspirational and the creative juices interact
Spectator
Wonderfully innovative, creative and fun
The Times