Tristram Shandy (1759-1766) by Laurence Sterne
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Great classical music inspired by books
16. Tristram Shandy (1759-1766) by Laurence Sterne
One of the first bestsellers - and dismissed by Dr Johnson as too fashionable for its own good - 'Tristram Shandy' is the favourite novel of Michael Nyman (pictured) who has not yet finished his opera of the book. At least five excerpts have been performed publicly, and one has been released on a commercial recording.