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Music and Freedom featured in ABC’s The Book Club

Jan 9, 2017

Zoë Morrison’s stunning debut Music and Freedom has been featured in December’s episode of ABC’s The Book Club.

The novel was picked by Jason Steger, who has called it “completely compelling”. It follows Alice Haywood, from her childhood on a New South Wales orange farm to a bleak boarding school in the north of England through to the Royal College of Music. She weds Edward, who despite a suave demeanour proves to be oppressive and cruel. As her husband mistreats her and their son grows older and more distant, she struggles to find it in herself to carry on. Then she starts to hear the most beautiful music coming from the walls of her house… Music and Freedom was the winner of the 2016 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Zoë 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.

Also mentioned is Jane Harper’s debut thriller, The Dry, which was one of the Readers’ Choices and praised as “edgy and thrilling with great characters and an authentic setting, I couldn’t put it down.”