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In this remarkable memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps towards a life in music, from childhood piano lessons with a local jazz muso to international success as a concert pianist. As she discovers passion and ambition, and confronts doubt and disappointment, she learns about much more than tone and technique. This is a story of the getting of wisdom, tender and bittersweet.
With wit and affection, Goldsworthy captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhilaration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. An unforgettable cast of characters joins her: her family; her friends and rivals; and her teacher, Mrs Sivan, who inspires and challenges her in equal measure, and who transforms what seems an impossible dream into something real and sustaining.
“Marvellous. Enlightenment and joy on every page” —Helen Garner
“I loved this book. Anna Goldsworthy’s memoir left me awed, inspired and humbled.” —Alice Pung
“Goldsworthy delivers an expertly spun narrative, told with wry, self-effacing charm, elegant economy and the genuine love of a student for her teacher.” —The Australian
“This impressive debut will surely mark Anna Goldsworthy’s arrival as an Australian writer to be reckoned with.” —The Age
“Full of insight and a tender awareness of her adolescent foibles.” —The Advertiser
“A joy to read” —The Adelaide Review
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
Absolutely inspiring! Very we'll written and I was totally absorbed by her character. The tale of the dedicated child throughout her journey toward adulthood was told beautifully with an absolute love and passion for all those around who helped Anna along the way. Her relationship with Mrs Sivan is told very cleanly and above all gives such life to the music and story. Thank you Anna and Mrs Sivan.
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: 27 June 2011
- Publisher: Schwartz Publishing Pty. Ltd
- Seller: Black Inc., an imprint of Schwartz Media Pty Ltd
- Print Length: 256 Pages
- Language: English