This beautifully crafted historical novel by Graham Wade recounts the meteoritic rise of an orphaned peasant boy from Turkey to the exalted position of confidant to the Emperor of Russia, the insane son of Catherine the Great. The Emperor's Barber is a riveting story of adventure, romance, and retribution in which the author presents the memoirs of Kutaissov, the Turkish barber who became a trusted adviser to the Tsar in the eighteenth century. As Kutaissov relates his intimate memoirs the many facets of his nature are revealed, as well as the development of a perilous relationship with a tsar usually considered as either mentally unstable or (at his worst) totally deranged. The historically accurate and witty writing describes court life at the turn of the nineteenth century, using real-life characters and a great imagination to interpret the historic events that led to the demise of Tsar Paul 1.
Graham Wade is a writer and musician living on the East Yorkshire coast. He studied English at Cambridge University, is a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1982. He has published over thirty books among them his critically acclaimed biographical studies of the great Spanish composer. Joaquin Rodrigo, and of the guitarists, Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, as well as works on musical history, and several slim volumes of poems. In 2002 he was awarded the Schotts Gold Medal for his contribution to Rodrigo studies and in 2010 won the David St John Thomas Prize for his first novel The Fibonacci Confessions. Graham Wade has written for many newspapers and periodicals including The Times, The Independent, and The Guardian and is an Advisory Editor and contributor to both the British and American New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. In 1999 he was appointed General Editor for a series of paperbacks for the leading American music publisher, Mel Bay Inc., of Missouri.