If you love a book full of characters you want to spend hours with - this is for you. A warm, gently funny and uplifting read - which isn't without it's dark and worrying moments - or without edge. No saccharine here. But the sense is always there that good will prevail and love and friendship will conquer all. For me the redeeming power of music, so central to Eustace's life and indeed the story, was the crowning joy.