• Wonderful account of why music matters... one of the finest and most versatile of current non-fiction writers

    Sunday Times
  • Exemplary... In contemplating the mysteries of music we are also contemplating the mystery of ourselves... Ball, thankfully, doesn't try to provide any easy answers, but rather sends the reader back to the music a better listener

  • This is a truly fascinating and eye-opening account of a phenomenon so commonplace we barely think about it, yet one which is also mind-bogglingly complicated. Once you've read The Music Instinct, you'll never listed to music the same way again

  • A musical experience in itself...his love of the subject is abundantly evident.. His mastery of many scientific disciplines is a delight

    Daily Telegraph
  • Impressively will be the rare music lover that does not come away without having learned many interesting things


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