The Emperor’s Barber: Graham Wade’s latest novel

Graham Wade The Emperor's BarberFollowing on from the success of his The Fibonacci Confessions, Graham Wade has published The Emperor’s Barber – the memoirs of Kutaissov, the Turkish barber who became a trusted advisor to Emperor Paul I of Russia.

A riveting story of adventure, romance, and retribution, this beautifully crafted historical novel by Graham Wade recounts the meteoric rise of an orphaned peasant boy from Turkey to the exalted position of confidant to the Emperor of Russia, the insane son of Catherine the Great.

Chris Dell

The Emperor’s Barber, is a fascinating, entertaining, and strange tale of how a lowly Turkish orphan rises up to become one of the most influential noblemen in the court of Emperor Paul I of Russia. Award-winning author Graham Wade has turned out yet another gem, giving his readers a peek into the history of probably the nadir of the Russian Empire. The historically accurate and witty writing vividly describes court life at the turn of the nineteenth century, using real-life characters and a great imagination to interpret the historical events that led to the demise of the son, and successor, of one of Russia’s paramount rulers, Catherine the Great.

Charles Postlewate  

The Emperor’s Barber has been published by The Choir Press.


Sir Graham Wade

Graham Wade has recently had a racehorse named after him, ‘Sir Graham Wade’, as a result of his friendship with Paul Dean, millionaire owner of various famous horses in recent years.

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‘Sir Graham’ won prestigious races in August and September at Glorious Goodwood and Pontefract, Haydock and Doncaster and so far has won £90,000 in prize money. The horse has been described in the Racing Post as a ‘somewhat quirky character of high class and great promise’.

Traditions of the Classical Guitar – New edition

A new edition of Traditions of the Classical Guitar, Graham Wade’s first book, has just been reprinted by Overture Publishing – Oneworld Classics. 


First published in 1980, Traditions of the Classical Guitar has been described as the first book to examine in detail the many traditions of one of today’s most popular instruments. With its central focus on Andrés Segovia’s pioneering work in establishing the guitar as an international concert instrument, it goes on to examine in detail its subsequent developments with reference to great artists such as Bream, Williams, Diaz and Yepes.

Traditions of the Classical Guitar continues to be a classic of twentieth-century guitar scholarship, offering a challenging assessment to perceptions of the guitar’s progress throughout the ages. It is also a timely reminder of the glorious years of Segovia’s concert career between 1909 and 1987; Segovia himself said of the work: ‘Graham Wade has shown his love for the guitar from the first page to the last; true love and understanding’.

Fibonacci wins Award

Graham Wade’s recent novel, The Fibonacci Confessions, published by GRM Publications,  has won the best novel category and was voted as Book of the Year, best of all categories, in the 2011 David St John Thomas Charitable Trust Award, in association with Writers’ News and Writing Magazine, held on 11th May 2011 at Mary Sumner House in London.


The two awards included cheques for £250 and £750 respectively and a silver cup presented by David St John Thomas, DSJT Charity Founder and President of Writing Magazine. The panel of judges praised the book as ‘An outstanding publication and a brilliant piece of writing’.

Guitar and harp in Dublin

The ESB Feis Ceoil held its 115th Music Festival from the 4–15 April 2011. Graham Wade adjudicated the guitar and harp classes. The winner of the Marion Kelly Cup, An Chruit C (Irish harp) was Grace Ruddin, of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. 



Grace Ruddin with Graham Wade. Photograph by Catherine Ruddin. 

Feis Ceoil is an important annual festival in the musical calendar. ‘Set up in 1896, Feis Ceoil Association promotes excellence in the learning and performance of music across all ages, levels and disciplines. We run an annual festival before Easter each year in Dublin which comprises almost 200 competitions, attracting over 4,000 participants from all over the island of Ireland. We also run non-competitive events and concerts throughout the rest of the year.’

More details  about the Feis Ceoil Festival and music association can be found on their website.

Bristol Classical Guitar Society

Graham Wade will be giving a lecture at the Bristol Classical Guitar Society on 10 March 2011.


On the 10 March 2011 we welcome Prof. Graham Wade, renowned international performer, champion of the instrument, and biographer of Julian Bream and Andrés Segovia. Prof. Wade could hold us enthralled for many many hours, as he does on a constant worldwide lecture itinerary. On this occasion his talk is entitled The Classical Guitar Scene – Then and Now and traces the momentous changes in the classical guitar world since the mid-twentieth century, accompanied by his first-hand experiences from the heart of the world of guitar music. To have Prof. Wade with us is a unique privilege, and we look forward greatly to 10 March 2011. (From the BCGS website)

For more details, see the Bristol Classical Guitar Society website

The Bristol Classical Guitar Society meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Pierian Centre, 27 Portland Square, Bristol, at 7.45pm. Tel. 0117 924 4512. They regularly host concerts and guitar events.

Nights in a Divided Spain – BBC Radio 3

Nights in a Divided Spain, with contributions from Cecilia Rodrigo – daughter of the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo and Director of the Fundación Joaquín Rodrigo, musicologists Carol Hess, Graham Wade, Samuel Llano, and the historian Paul Preston, who will be discussing music and Spanish politics, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 29 January 2011 at 12.15 pm.

To listen online via the BBC Radio 3 website, click here