'Dear Sibelius Letter from a junky'.
The junky in question is Prof. Marshal Walker who has lectured in English at Glasgow University and also in South Africa and New Zealand were he now lives. This absorbing book takes the form of a huge letter to Sibelius, from a lifelong adict and admirer. I think that all of us on the Sibelius forum are 'Sibelius junkys' and will readily identify with Prof. Walkers sentiments.
We read of Walkers early childhood in Glasgow, when as a 12 year old he discovered the music and persona of Sibelius. His time spent in South Africa is facinating, were Sibelius became his medicine man. Prof. Walker describes his pilgrimage to Ainola in 1996 [I followed in his footsteps just one year later] He refers to Sibelius as 'the big man'.
This is a great read and also includes an interview that Walker had with Sir Colin Davis in 1997. Recommended.--kullervopete.
'Dear Sibelius Letter from a junky' published by Kennedy and Boyd [Paperback]