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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
26 27 ‘ ... Abbott’s writing is typically clear and punchy, never bogging the reader down in a mire of negativity ... ThE uprighT piano playEr // david abbott Retirement, death, assault and terminal illness open this apparently bleak book. As a former advertising executive Abbott’s writing is typically clear and punchy, never bogging the reader down in a mire of negativity, despite the subject matter. The story revolves around Henry Cage, a man experiencing a series of horrific emotions but seemingly lacking the ability to genuinely feel them. Without the routine provided by his former high- profile position, Cage finds himself in a series of messy situations exacerbated by his lack of understanding in regard to human relationships. F