The autobiography of Karl Jenkins: Elliott & Thompson, 2015, hardback. From a modest upbringing in Penclawdd, Wales, steeped in the Welsh choral tradition and the Western classical canon, Karl followed his love of music to London, immersing himself in the 1960s jazz world of Ronnie Scott’s, before joining the seminal prog-rock group Soft Machine. These diverse influences made him one of the most successful composers in the dynamic advertising industry of the 1980s, ultimately leading to his landmark 'Adiemus' project in the 1990s. Sir Karl Jenkins is that rare thing: a contemporary classical composer with enormous popular appeal, and one of Britain’s national treasures. 261pp, illustrated.