When Words Fail

A Life with Music, War and Peace

Ed Vulliamy

Published: 4 July 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 496 pages
ISBN: 9781783783373

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Published: 13 September 2018
Hardback, Royal HB
156x234mm, 496 pages
ISBN: 9781783783366

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About the author

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Ed Vulliamy is the author of Amexica and The War is Dead: Long Love The War. He has been an Observer journalist for 20 years and is the author of the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary liner notes. More about the author


An ambitious exploration of the soundtrack of Vulliamy's eventful life and how much music inspired him’ Mark Brennock



Intriguing, deeply feltGraeme Thompson

‘Kaleidoscopic . . . The questions of music's impact on our existence, and if it indeed can make our world a better place are explored in vivid detail’

‘Wise and wonderful’

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