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Author Joanne Culley is descended from Toronto musical royalty and uses her piano-playing grandparents, Harry and Ida Culley, as the leading characters in this intriguing book. Not only does it paint a vivid picture of what life was like for musicians in the depths of the Great Depression, but also of the Toronto that was. Harry and Ida travel to England, looking for a chance to perform, and get embroiled in the dramatic events of 1936-37, including the abdication of Edward VIII from the British throne and the rise of Naziism in Germany. It's a must read for musicians in times like these. I couldn't put it down.