Gone: The enigmatic end of a stolen Strad

Gone: The enigmatic end of a stolen Strad


norman lebrecht

March 29, 2017

Min Kym’s violin was stolen from her while she ate a sandwich at London’s Euston Station in November 2010.

Three years later, it was recovered by police and returned to her, amid great joy.

‘All my life my Stradivarius had been waiting for me, as I had been waiting for her . . .’ writes Min, in a memoir, Lost, to be published next month by Penguin.

But before 2013 was out, she sold the violin for £2.25 million in an online auction.

Guess we’ll have to read the book to find out why.
There’s an accompanying record release from Warner.



  • Malcolm Kottler says:

    The title of the book is:

    Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung.

    Although its publication date is in April, Amazon.com already has 14 reviews of it.

    • Max Grimm says:

      The majority of those reviews are due to a service called “NetGalley”…

      “We’re looking for readers of influence who help to build buzz about new books. As a member, you will be able to request or be invited to read new books, primarily before they are published. In the book trade, these are called “galleys” (hence our name!).

      You will be able to read galleys digitally, on all major reading devices and platforms, and provide reviews, recommendations and nominations for industry lists, right from your account.

      We’re delighted to be in the business of helping “professional readers” evaluate new titles.

      Anyone who reads and recommends books can use NetGalley for free. Welcome!”

    • Derek Castle says: