*An idealistic young piano-player journeys to adulthood in this bittersweet Forsterian novel of idealistic love and thwarted dreams.
At eighteen, Paul Porterfield aspires to play the piano at the world's great concert halls. So far the closest he has come has been to turn pages of sheet music for his idol, the dashing, temperamental Richard Kennington, a former piano prodigy on the cusp of middle age.
Months later, while on holiday with his mother in Italy, Paul encounters Richard a second time. Their earlier attraction develops into an intense affair. As the innocence of first love becomes entangled with the quest for a more enduring happiness, Paul comes to realise that he cannot be a page turner all his life and that he has to confront his ambitions.
With artful storytelling, shrewd perception and arch humour, THE PAGE TURNER testifies to the bittersweet truths of strained relationships and the resiliency of the human heart.
A beautifully written, elegant story ... perfect - TIME OUT
Gripping ... Leavitt has always been an erotic and erudite writer but in THE PAGE TURNER his elegance has acquired a greater emotional depth. Bravo - EVENING STANDARD
Shrewdly insightful ... Leavitt's deceptively easy style covers a lot of ground with seemingly little effort - GAY TIMES
Moving and thought-provoking - LITERARY REVIEW
Beautiful - ATTITUDE
Pleasurable, orderly, sophisticated - and as readable as its punning title signifies - Independent