In My Own Key


Exotic venues, sold-out concerts, and the companionship of the world’s most powerful people have given Liona Boyd a lifestyle that, like her music, is one in a million. The internationally acclaimed classical guitarist has crossed numerous boundaries, both musically and romantically.

In this colourful memoir covering her life up to 1998, she serves up a rich and fascinating mix: childhood with her progressive parents in England, Canada, and Mexico, exacting music studies in Toronto, down-and-out years in London and Paris, her eight-year romance with Canadian prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, drug experimentation in a Mexican artists’ colony, and whirlwind trips around the globe to eminent concert stages.

It all makes for a rousing, feisty, passionate tale, as compelling and entrancing as the music of her Ramírez guitar.


In this sensitive account of her early days and the vigorous artistic years, Liona Boyd proves that dreams can become reality. In her book she gives us the candid details of her trip through the maze.

Gordon Lightfoot

Liona Boyd's reputation in the music world as an extraordinary guitarist is well known. You only have to read this book to realize that she can write just as well.

Charlton Heston

Liona’s rarified gift is her extraordinary ability to convey the intangible essence of love through the soulful and pure sound of the classical guitar; her breadth of human emotion is unmatched.

Maureen Forrester

Her music, talent, and courage have woven a magic carpet that has floated through some of the most interesting corridors of our century.

Robert Bateman

Congratulations to Liona Boyd for her spirited writing and beautiful music.

Isabel Allende

The golden girl of the guitar writes with unusual candour and taste, even about her long-term love affair with Canada’s prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

Ambassador Selwa Roosevelt

A diverting, absorbing story of a brilliant artistic and interesting romantic life.

Conrad Black

Liona Boyd casts a charming spell in this disarmingly innocent and honest account of her life as a true creative and romantic adventurer.

Pamela Wallin

About the Author

Liona Boyd

Posted by Kendra on December 20, 2016
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Liona Boyd

Liona Boyd, known around the world as “The First Lady of the Guitar” has released twenty-eight albums, spanning a wide range of styles, many of which have gone gold and platinum. She has been awarded the Order of Canada, has been inducted into the Guitar Gallery of Greats, and won five Juno awards. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.