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Title:
Music and Freedom
Written by:
Zoë Morrison 
Read by:
Ulli Birvé 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
11 hours 10 minutes 
Published:
November 28 2017 
Available Date:
November 28 2017 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489416018 
Genres:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Contemporary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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Winner The Readings Prize / New Australian Fiction 2016
Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Award / Newcomer of the Year 2017
Winner ALS Gold Medal 2017
Shortlisted Voss Literary Prize 2017

A gripping and beautifully written novel in the style of Elizabeth is Missing and the work of Elizabeth Harrower.

I have no use for forgiveness, not yet. But other ideas like that, kindness, for example, I think that is fundamental. Resurrection; I like that too. And love, of course, love, love, love. Alice Murray learns to play the piano aged three on an orange orchard in rural Australia. Recognising her daughter’s gift, her mother sends Alice to boarding school in the bleak north of England, and there Alice stays for the rest of her childhood. Then she’s offered a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, and on a summer school in Oxford she meets Edward, an economics professor who sweeps her off her feet. Alice soon finds that Edwards is damaged, and she’s trapped. She clings to her playing and to her dream of becoming a concert pianist, until disaster strikes. Increasingly isolated as the years unravel, eventually Alice can’t find it in herself to carry on. Then she hears the most beautiful music from the walls of her house … This novel’s love story is that of a woman who must embrace life again if she is to survive. Inspiring and compelling, it explores the dark terrain of violence and the transformative powers of music and love.

'A thrilling journey of self-discovery, one that examines the outer limits of what a human being can endure and the possibilities for healing to be found in love and art.'
The Australian

'To trace a life from beginning to end can be plodding but Morrison's fiction never falters. Her style sings and the structure revolves like a spiral staircase ...'
The Sydney Morning Herald