Book Description (from
First time in paperback: A "strong, compelling, and compassionate
book" (Boston Globe) about the acclaimed and ill-fated cellist
who died at the age of forty-two.
Carol Easton, who knew Jacqueline du Pr well, draws on this friendship
to create a moving and insightful portrait of a singularly complex person.
Jacqueline du Pr (the subject of the recent film Hilary and Jackie)
was the music world's "golden girl," with what appeared to
many to be a fairytale career and storybook marriage to Daniel Barenboim.
But away from her cello, du Pr was achingly human. As a child, she was
isolated by her phenomenal talent. As an adult, she was confined to
the rarefied, insular concert world. And during the last fifteen years
of her life, she lived in the inexorably shrinking world of the invalid,
as multiple sclerosis took its toll. The Baltimore Sun said, Carol Easton
tells this extraordinary story "with feeling befitting du Pr's