During his lifetime Tchaikovsky, composer ofThe 1812 OvertureandSwan Lake, was lionised throughout Russia, Europe and the United States of America. But little is known about the man himself as the USSR guarded the reputation of its heroes closely. Using material unavailable during the Soviet Era, Sheila Seymour has written a vivid and lively account of Tchaikovsky and his turbulent, terrorist plagued, world. She has made his friends and family speak again - and what tales they have to tell. Saint or Sinner? Abuser or Abused? It all depends who you choose to believe."