20130824It seemed he'd been waiting all his life for the knock at the door..

In an extract from Sarah Quigley's novel, all eyes are on Dimitri Shostakovich.

He's sleepy, bumbling around the kitchen, trying to make his morning porridge.

A knock at the door has unsettled him, but that's the least of his concerns.

Where is his wife, Nina? What is happening in his city, Leningrad?

And what about the work he has to do?

Read by Carl Prekopp

Producer Duncan Minshull.