Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison
A gripping and beautifully written novel that brings to mind Notes on a Scandal and Elizabeth is Missing. Alice Haywood is born on an orange farm in country New South Wales. She begins playing the piano when she is three, taught by her English mother who is unhappy in Australia and in a desolate, violent marriage. When Alice is seven, her mother, desperate for her daughter to leave if she can't, sends her to boarding school in the bleak north of England, and there Alice stays for the next ten years.
Then she's offered a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. That year, on a summer school in Oxford, she meets Edward, an economics professor, who sweeps her off her feet. But underneath his suave demeanor, Edward is a damaged man. He traps her into marriage and Alice is stuck, oppressed by his cruelty, in the Oxford home he has bought for her.
After a disastrous recital of Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto, she stops playing and her dreams of becoming a concert pianist evaporate. Alice and Edward have a son, Richard, whom she adores. He too is a talented musician. But as Richard grows up he becomes more and more distant, and ultimately Alice can't.
About the Author
Zou Morrison has a DPhil in Human Geography from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, before working as a college lecturer. Her research work has included the fields of gendered violence and social justice. She also studied piano performance at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music.
Paperback | 352 pages
155 x 234 x 26mm | 442g
27 Jun 2016
Random House Australia
Milsons Point, Australia
A secondhand book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal scuff marks (the scuff marks on the front cover cause the edges to slightly curve upwards), but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged, with no creasing or tearing, no pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.