Win a copy of 'The Noise of Time' by Julian Barnes

A bestselling novel about the life of Shostakovich

Win a copy of 'The Noise of Time' by Julian Barnes
Competition Dates: 
6th January 2017 - 20th January 2017

This competition is now closed.

We are giving away six copies of Julian Barnes's bestselling novel 'The Noise of Time', a fictional account of the life of Shostakovich.* The novel received a five-star review in the June issue of BBC Music Magazine:

'In Julian Barnes's kaleidoscopic portrait, we first meet the composer, tormented, on his landing and his fifth cigarette, waiting to be taken away for his first 'Conversation with Power'. This time he will be lucky but it is the first of three Conversations, at 12-yearly intervals, that form the backbone of this book and on which the composer's fate hangs.

Around these, Barnes deftly constructs a life history - childhood; his first, lasting love and three marriages - and, drawing from Elizabeth Wilson's Shostakovich: A Life Remembered and Solomon Volkov's Testimony , explores the struggle at the heart of his creativity.'

- Nick Shave

*Terms and conditions:

The closing date for entries is noon on 20/01/2017. Only one entry will be accepted per user. Entries received after the closing date of the promotion will not be considered. The winners will be drawn at random from those who answer the question correctly. One winner will be awarded a poster (pictured above) and signed copy of The Noise of Time, and five second prizes of unsigned copies of the book will be awarded. To read the full terms and conditions, click here.


Answer the following question correctly for your chance to win a signed copy of the novel...

Which Shostakovich symphony was subtitled 'The Year 1905'?

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