About The Book
Shine is the true story of David Helfgott, a brilliant pianist whose musical gift is nearly compromised by the emotional strain of his personal life. A child prodigy whose interpretive genius promised a brilliant career as a concert pianist, David grew up under the tyrannical parenting of his father. Their turbulent relationship almost destroys David’s promise and threatens his fragile mental balance.
When an unlikely romance with a remarkable woman brings stability to David’s chaotic world, he returns to concert performance in triumph. Freed from the difficult legacy of his father’s influence, his musical talent prevails.
“Shine is a triumphant story, rich in accessible but not overdone emotions. In many ways, it’s a throwback to the best kinds of Hollywood movies, able to move a mass audience without insulting it, which is why it created so much excitement in the first place.”—Los Angeles Times
Astonishing! Hilarious and life-and-love affirming!. . . Shine is a work of art.”—The Boston Phoenix
“This is what great filmmaking is all about. Shine is that rarity, an eloquent heartrending, feel-good biopic eons removed from standard Hollywood fare. Thought provoking and indelibly poignant, it emerges a passionate, spiritually moving experience. Above all, it’s awesome entertainment. It overflows with music, warmth and humor. . . . This film is a treasure.”—Films in Review