Book Of The Month

Each month we suggest a new book for you and your book club to read. Whether it’s some thought-provoking literature or the latest in bestselling contemporary fiction – every book of the month comes with a free sample chapter and reading group questions. Past Books of the Month have included local titles, such as THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman and Kate Forsyth’s THE WILD GIRL. We’ve also recently recommended books by celebrated international authors like Ian McEwan and Kate Atkinson. Why not challenge yourself and your book club to read them all?

Music and Freedom, Zoe Morrison 0 stars 1 comments

Music and Freedom

A gripping and beautifully written novel in the tradition 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.

Zoe Morrison

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