The Sage of Waterloo: A Tale


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$22.95  $21.34
W. W. Norton & Company
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4.8 X 1.0 X 7.5 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Author, pianist and composer Leona Francombe was born in England of Czech and English parents and grew up in the United States, where she graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and received a Master's degree from Yale School of Music. She was awarded a Rotary Foundation scholarship to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. In 1987, she was invited to Belgium by the European Cultural Foundation to create and perform with an international chamber ensemble: Concorde East/West. She also received grants from UNESCO and the Franz Josef Foundation of Liechtenstein for this project. She settled permanently in Belgium with her family.Leona's essays and fiction are often inspired by music, natural settings, and European themes and moods. "The Universe in 3/4 Time", published by Merle Books Brussels in 2021, is no exception. One winter's night, while walking alone on a shadowy Brussels street, she came across an antique piano made of beautiful rosewood, a mystical encounter that eventually led to her writing "The Universe in 3/4 Time". Leona's first novel, "Madame Ernestine und die Entdeckung der Liebe", was published in German translation by Goldmann Verlag in 2013. Her debut in English, "The Sage of Waterloo", was published by W.W. Norton in the U.S., U.K. and Brazil in 2015. As a pianist, Leona has given solo recitals in the United States, Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Belgium, England, Germany and France, and performed in collaboration with the Prague String Quartet, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Fine Arts Quartet, Marienbad Symphony Orchestra, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, among others. She gave her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen. Leona's piano compositions can be sampled at:


Inventive [and] beautifully written.--Thomas Chatterton Williams
A playful retelling.--Allison Chopin
Engaging, pleasantly written, and endlessly inventive: all promising signs and a reader's delight.
Lovely.... Francombe can turn a phrase, no doubt. There's an air of naturalist poetry to her words.--Jason Sheehan
A debut filled with history and whimsy.... Part historical chronicle, part adventure story, Francombe's unconventional debut hops along in crowd-pleasing fashion.--Jaclyn Fulwood