This magnificent treasury of classical music selects a song for each day of the year - beginning with Bach, closing with Strauss and resounding with an array of favourites and hidden gems. It spans a thousand years and innumerable emotional textures. Believing that classical music should be accessible to all, the author shows how it can be “a powerful mental tonic”, enhancing our lives. “We are a music-making species” she writes, exploring how people have used music to connect with one another. Alongside profound insights, she is adept, too, at the pithy summary (“Philip Glass is musical Marmite”).