The Pianoplayers

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First edition (publ. Hutchinson)

The Pianoplayers is a 1986 novel by Anthony Burgess, drawing heavily on his memories of his father, a pub piano-player. The narrator, Ellen Henshaw, is a prostitute who later becomes a madam. Her father, Billy, plays the piano in the cinema, accompanying silent movies. it was published by Arbor House in the US (ISBN 0877958327), and Hutchinson in the UK.