The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

The Music Shop

A love story and a journey through music, the exquisite and perfectly pitched new novel from the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy


Details The Music Shop

TitleThe Music Shop
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Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Music, Contemporary, Romance
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Reviews The Music Shop

  • Amalia Gavea
    1970-01-01
    ‘’The silence at the beginning of a piece of music is always different from the silence at the end.’’ The blurb of this beautiful book contained two words that won me over on the spot. ‘’Music’’ and ‘’1980s’’. I was born in 1985, so technically, I am a child of the 90s, but I think that these two decades share the same spirit of a certain kind of innocence, before the coming of the new millennium and all the ‘’gifts’...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce is a 2018 Random House publication. A quirky, but sweet love story wrapped inside a loving ode to music-I love stories like this one where a group of people, from various walks of life, all of whom are misfits or eccentric in one way or another, but are kind and giving souls, converge to create a delightful and unique tale of friendship and love. The music shop is the absolute perfect backdrop for such a story, rem...
  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars. "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent." —Victor HugoMusic has always been one of my greatest passions, alongside my love of reading. I have the largest iPod Apple ever made, and it doesn't accommodate my entire music collection—how can I get rid of a song?For me, music is such a trigger of emotion, and a specific song can easily transport me to a time, a place, a s...
  • Miriam Smith
    1970-01-01
    What a delightful and enjoyable read "The Music Shop" by Rachel Joyce is! It doesn't demand constant attention or keep you awake at night, it's just a lovely nostalgic story that makes you feel so happy when reading it, it's almost like you're floating through the pages (though the ending did have me in emotional goosebumps). "The Music Shop" is a very character driven novel. Set in 1988 the story is about Frank who owns a music shop selling only...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    1970-01-01
    4.5★“‘I don’t care what anyone tells me. The future’s vinyl,’ he said.. . . ‘Life has surface noise! Do you want to listen to furniture polish?’Frank is a rumpled older fellow with a large, eclectic collection of vinyl records in a rundown shop in a rundown little side-street in a rundown part of London, which developers are eyeing for new housing.Kit is the clumsy kid he’s taken under his wing to help out in the shop (when he i...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!4.5 Stars ”There was once a music shop. From the outside it looked like any shop, in any backstreet. It had no name above the door. No record display in the window. There was just a homemade poster stuck to the glass. FOR THE MUSIC YOU NEED!! EVERYONE WELCOME!! WE ONLY SELL VINYL!!” The shop was difficult to navigate with boxes packed in everywhere one looked; every nook and cranny had records, although none were classified...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    It’s 1988 and Frank sells vinyl records on a small street in a depressed part of town. He refuses to sell CDs even when the distributors all threaten to drop him. He loves music and is able to match a person with the music they need. What he doesn’t think he needs is love. There’s a dry wit to the book. The characters are a group of misfits and oddballs and there’s humor in their dialog and activities. It’s also a well written book. A b...
  • Susanne Strong
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down).A quirky, sweet, easy read.Frank has always loved music, it was a gift from Peg, his mother. He is a music shop owner who only sells Vinyl records. The year is 1988. Everyone under the sun wants him to start selling CD’s but Frank refuses. For him, Vinyl is where its at. Frank has a gift - he can feel what music a person needs to hear. The person could be a stranger or a friend. They might come in asking for a specific...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    1970-01-01
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestHere's the thing: the concept is great. Frank owns a record store in the 1980s, when records are beginning to be replaced by CDs. He holds fast to his beloved records, falls in love, and his favorite music becomes the soundtrack to his pursuit of the forbidden woman, interspersed with the memories of the music from his childhood, with his tempestuous, eccentric mother.I think Rachel Joyce wan...
  • Phrynne
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books where I want to use the phrase "I liked it but I didn't love it." In other words it was nice but not as good as I had hoped. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy still remains my favourite book by this author by far.I liked the setting in the run down music shop in an even more run down area of town. I really liked the time period and I enjoyed several of the characters especially Frank himself and the accident prone ...
  • Tucker
    1970-01-01
    Rachel Joyce is a master at writing about ordinary people and their often hidden struggles, and celebrating their courage and resilience in the face of those struggles. In “The Music Shop” she once again writes about those “ordinary” people in a clear-eyed, unsentimental, and inspiring manner. The book focuses on a group of seemingly unremarkable people who have businesses on Unity Street. At the center of those shops and of the story its...
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    1970-01-01
    4 starsOverall a very heartwarming, beautiful story about friendship, love & a neighborhood full of amazing shop owners. If your a big music fan, this book is for you. The whole book centers around a vinyl record store and the owner loves music and often reflects on some of his favorite bands and memories associated with music.
  • Sherri Thacker
    1970-01-01
    The Music Shop is not just about a music shop - it’s a love story unlike any other. I was undecided whether to give this book 4 stars or 5 stars but when I got tears in my eyes at the end, that decided for me! A FABULOUS book!!
  • Rachel Hall
    1970-01-01
    DNF at 50%I won this novel courtesy of a Goodreads Giveaway and although my regular reading material is crime fiction, I am not averse to some of these whimsical novels with quirky characters and a sense of optimism that often make for a genuinely feel-good read. I loved both The Rosie Project and Effect, for example, but have never found myself drawn to the work of Rachel Joyce despite the many rave reviews I have read.Sadly, I found The Music S...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    Frank was wandering with no particular purpose in mind when he saw the abandoned old shop with the for sale sign in front. He knew without a shadow of doubt that this was what he wanted – a quiet street, other small shops around – the shop was a mess, and Frank wasn’t that handy. But it wasn’t long before Frank’s music shop was filled with records; vinyl only – no tapes or CDs (trashy stuff!) – his records had customers coming to hi...
  • Celia
    1970-01-01
    I am a sucker for books about music. And music as therapy: even more so. (Did you know you can obtain a college degree in music therapy? Well, you can). So… about The Music ShopThere is a music store on a dead end street in England somewhere owned by Frank. “Frank could not play music, he could not read a score, he had no practical knowledge whatsoever, but when he sat in front of a customer and truly listened, he heard a kind of song. And th...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    Ever since Harold Fry went on a walk across the UK in Rachel Joyce's 2012 debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I like many readers the world over have been enthralled by the author's ability to represent ordinary people with grace and dignity.This is something that continues in what is Rachel's fourth novel. Set in the late 80's in recession hit England, Frank runs a record store. Not only does he have a love for vinyl and will stau...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    1970-01-01
    Follow Book Nation by Jen https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.comFor all my reviews and recommendations. I picked up The Music Shop at the perfect time! So enjoyable, I laughed - I cried- it touched me.... review to come!
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    I highly recommend this quirky and charming book, especially for music lovers. Within the bigger picture is a love letter to music masters that will touch your heart.It is 1988 and Frank’s world is changing. He is the owner of a dying vinyl record store located on a run-down street soon to be demolished in the name of ‘progress’. The music world is also changing but Frank is digging in his heals, refusing to move on to the new craze of cds ...
  • Julie Durnell
    1970-01-01
    Rachel Joyce's books are so well written for "modern novels". I enjoyed this slow romance between Frank and Ilse and music of all genres. There is even a playlist on Spotify to accompany the story's musical threads!
  • Marianne
    1970-01-01
    “He played the whole record, side one and then side two. As he listened, Frank smoked and danced in the cramped space behind his turntable, rolling his shoulders and swinging his hips – watching him, even Maud began to sway – while Kit did something that was possibly the funky chicken, but could equally be to do with his new shoes hurting his feet”The Music Shop is the fourth full-length novel by best-selling British author, Rachel Joyce....
  • Malina Skrobosinski
    1970-01-01
    "Bon appetit" I devoured this enchanting tale created by Rachel Joyce. It was captivating, enlightening, moving, and even exasperating at times. It's not the kind of novel that is overly gratifying... at least not at first... that's where the exasperation comes in, but in the end, I found it to be very rewarding. Meet Frank... Frank is a 40 year old single man that owns a music shop. "I'm going to help people find music." Frank could not play mus...
  • Fictionophile
    1970-01-01
    A heartwarming novel that makes you smile while reading it."He was perfectly fine with emotions,so long as they belonged to other people."We meet Frank, a gentle bear of a man. Forty and single, his unorthodox upbringing has made him LOVE music, fear intimacy, and know how to listen. He is very patient, and he has boundless empathy. His late mother, Peg, left her house and all her estate to strangers. To Frank, she bequeathed her extensive record...
  • Megan C.
    1970-01-01
    I finished this book over the weekend and it gets ALL the stars from me. One of my favorite reads of 2018 so far! This is a book about loyalty, love, friendship, and most of all, music. Each chapter is named for a piece of music and I loved listening to the pieces as I read. (There’s even a Spotify playlist!) "Music, Frank explained, said things that words couldn’t.”The bulk of the action takes place around the aptly named Unity Street, a f...
  • Stephen
    1970-01-01
    joyce doesn't disappoint with her latest book with a music shop as the background selling vinyl and its joyce's recurring theme of lost and finding within relationships.
  • Ron Charles
    1970-01-01
    Cue up Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” because Rachel Joyce has written a new novel, which means there’s a party goin’ on right here.“The Music Shop” is an unabashedly sentimental tribute to the healing power of great songs, and Joyce is hip to greatness in any key. Her novel’s catalogue stretches from Bach to the Beach Boys, from Vivaldi to the Sex Pistols. Crank up the turntable and let these pages sing.The story’s hero is “...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I am a big fan of Rachel Joyce's novels The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. Both books showed the depth of human love and connection in ordinary people.I was hoping for more of the same in this book, but it didn't quite deliver. In attempting to create quirky characters and a throw-back plot (the premise of the book includes an introverted record store owner standing strong against the push of moderni...
  • Marjorie
    1970-01-01
    The street where Frank Adair’s music shop is located has seen better days. The mortar is falling off the buildings and teens are decorating its stores with graffiti. But some of these shops have been here for many years, including Frank’s music shop, which only deals in vinyl records. He refuses to carry CDs, which makes him quite unpopular with the record suppliers. But Frank’s shop is special. He has a knack for finding just the right son...
  • Paul Secor
    1970-01-01
    I used to love going to record stores. Looking through the racks, coming across something that I'd been looking for; finding a record that I never knew existed, and now had to have; hanging out with friends and talking about music while we searched for the next find - all of that is gone now and I miss it.So it was no surprise that when my wife brought home The Music Shop from the library, I ended up reading it before she did.Frank is the owner o...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    1970-01-01
    Set in London in the 1980's, Frank owns a music shop that is a home and place of refuge for the community. Frank, the woner, has a knacl for choosing music that a person needs right at the precise moment. When a strange woman suddlenly "drops in" to the music shop, she turns Frank's and the members of that community'swrold upside down.I absolutely loved this book and its quirky cast of characters. I found the writing and characters endearing and ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    1970-01-01
    The Music Shop is one of those books that you read with a smile. And a tear. With all the bombast in the world today, this return to 1988, at a time when the world of music was going through yet another of its ongoing changes. Frank, who has severe commitment issues, is determined that he will never sell cds in his tiny shop in a failing part of town, even if it means he may not survive economically. You can't help but admire his love of vinyl ("...
  • Bill Lynas
    1970-01-01
    There may be a little bit of cheating here as I didn't actually read this book, but I did listen to the author reading it on the BBC Radio 4 series A Book At Bedtime. Having worked in a record shop (that dates me!) for six years & then a further six years in a CD/DVD shop I was easily drawn to this story. It is a gentle tale of love & music & is populated with interesting people. I especially liked the minor character of the waitress at the Singi...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    The Music Shop is a love letter to music, music shops and especially to vinyl records. I’m old enough that the first records I bought were vinyl and I understand the love for this medium. It’s like telling a book lover that e-books are as good as physical books (they are not!)I read this book in 2 days because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Frank and his rundown music shop. I had to find out if Frank and Ilse would ...
  • Suad Shamma
    1970-01-01
    I'm really disappointed with this one. It had such great potential, and it started off really well too, but as the story went on...it seemed like it was going nowhere. The twists and turns were not exciting. The characters never developed past your first impression. There was no depth, no great reveal, no climax. I wanted to love it so much, but I just couldn't. I wanted it to play out like one of those amazing musical pieces that Frank would sit...
  • Sandy
    1970-01-01
    This might be my favorite read for 2018. I absolutely loved this novel. The author had a way of putting me on Unity Street with its shop owners, it’s customers and its history. I loved Frank, the way he knew his music and how he lifted individuals up with music. Frank was not a sell-out, he was a believer and he walked the walk. Individuals believed in Frank and Frank believed in music. Music wasn’t just words but they contained their own lif...
  • Mayda
    1970-01-01
    This novel is not like music; this novel is music. It begins with an adagio. It’s gentle and calm, soft and sweet. Frank knows what his customers need, not what they want, and he steers them in the right direction, with a trust-me attitude, never over-bearing. But then, the exposition occurs. We’re exposed to scenes from Frank’s childhood, and little by little we discover who Peg was, and what she gave to Frank, and what she did not. Then, ...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    1970-01-01
    This is an utterly charming (almost too much at times) novel concerning the ability of music to be the cure that ails you. Frank is a 40-year-old owner of a store that only sells vinyl in the year 1988 when CDs are all the rage. He apparently has a knack to find the perfect music for one's life (a la the woman in the novel Chocolat), and he has helped many people to solve their problems. A beautiful young German woman name Ilse faints one day on ...
  • Davida Chazan
    1970-01-01
    Rachel Joyce, bestselling author of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and "The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy" brings us a new novel that starts simply with "There once was a music shop." No, this is no fairy tale, but a story of how music is an international language, which if you listen to it just right, can change your whole world. The blurb on this book says, "The Music Shop is about learning how to listen and how to feel; it's abou...
  • Louise
    1970-01-01
    This novel shows 30 years of changes through the lives of two seemingly star crossed lovers, music of all genre and a seemingly gentrifying neighborhood.Frank has inherited a love of music from his cold and self-centered mother. His music shop is a shrine to vinyl records. He cannot convert to CDs as the world around him changes. From this shop, he helps others, but cannot help himself. The staff of the music shop and the owners of other small bu...
  • Maygin at Not Quite a Literary Critique
    1970-01-01
    This book was quite the surprise. When this book first made the rounds, I thought the premise looked nice, but figured it wouldn't have much to offer. Then a friend read it and encouraged me to read it. I honestly probably would have left it way at the bottom of my TBR if she hadn't borrowed me a copy and I needed a book in a pinch. I expected the book to be okay at best, but I found myself struggling to put it down every time I read it. There is...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    With thanks to Random House UK/Transworld for the opportunity to read this.I have read a couple of Rachel Joyce’s previous books and enjoyed them, so was disappointed to find myself underwhelmed by this one. It started out well for me. I liked the setting, an independent record shop struggling to survive in a run-down parade of shops, selling only vinyl in the heyday of CDs. I also liked the idea of Frank choosing music for customers according ...
  • Gearóid
    1970-01-01
    Really nice chilled book to read.Very nostalgic bringing back great memory's of saving upto buy my vinyl records in the local record store. Such great times and great music!The other nice thing is the Spotify play list of all the music mentioned in the book. A really eclectic mix of music and a great introduction to some music I wasn't away of. So good fun and highly recommend this book.
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    From BBC Radio 4 EXtra:Episode 1 of 2Frank only sells vinyl, and he is never going to change. But then, everything does. Written and read by Rachel Joyce.Episode 2 of 2The Music Shop reopens. However Frank's latest music lesson causes Ilse to reveal a painful secret. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wvc2s
  • BookishStitcher
    1970-01-01
    5 Reasons I Loved This Book...1. It made me want to buy a record player and some vinyl records2. I completely loved the quiet lives of the people in this book3. Everyone was hiding something that was secretly killing them inside; this ripped at my heart because I know what it is to feel unlovable 4. Chapters with song titles that enabled me to play the song on my phone while I read the short little chapters. It added so much depth to the book.5. ...